- MASKED MARVELS & WONDERTALES
BLOWING ROCK, NC Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage an eye-popping visual artist and a virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances combine breathtaking handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt dancing, and a physical repertoire ranging from the madcap to the sublime.
, whose programs have been hailed as moving sculpture, will bring his
one-man extravaganza Michael Coopers Masked Marvels to the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock
for a special 10am kids & family performance on Saturday, June 13.
"Masked Marvels is as subtle as it is high speed, says The Irish Times
Think of Spaulding Gray crossed with Superman, plus an amazing array of masks...Best of all was the Giant on stilts.
vast self before our eyes, he
began dancing on bare tiptoes with a grace that proved surprisingly beautiful..
Taking up to 300 hours to produce a single paper or cloth mask, Cooper
, whose performances have dazzled audiences for almost 30 years, has elevated this most ancient of theatre crafts to the level of a fine art.
ability as a wordsmith enables him to reel in the most discerning of crowds with the nuance of a poet, the joy and timing of a first-rate comedian, and the twists and intrigue of a master storyteller.
And whether hes high kicking on giant legs, animating one of his
magical creations or, quite literally, leaning on air, the unending enthusiasm of this masked marvel captivates both young and old.
wonderful characters to life with the most marvelously, strikingly beautiful masks I have ever seen."