shadow play

noun

Definition of shadow play 

: a drama exhibited by throwing shadows of puppets or actors on a screen

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The visual material is culled from comic strips, street demonstrations, Cuban movie posters and filmed be-ins; the technique encompasses collages, stick figure animations, shadow plays and kaleidoscopic special effects. New York Times, "In ‘The Color of Pomegranates,’ the Cinema of the Cryptic," 24 May 2018 Particularly lovely is the shadow play (by lighting designer Jacob Snodgrass) which turns her solo into a beautiful trio. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Moving Company’s ‘Dance Shelter’ always defies expectations; sometimes, it works," 11 May 2018 Trump’s whole trade agenda, then, is a shadow play. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Trump’s Theater of Trade," 27 Mar. 2018 Projected light creates dynamic shadow play that turns the Marciano’s huge first-floor gallery into an abstract 3-D film. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 Light and shadow plays over them, and both the tax collector and the cleric have one tiny fingertip blazingly struck by light — Donatus’s left thumb, and Eustatius’s left pinkie. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018 This year's theme, Storytellers, is inspired by SPA's performance of the cinematic shadow play Feathers of Fire. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline for 20th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest set for March 9," 27 Feb. 2018 Several shows are produced by teens, including the shadow play The Other a production of Yes! Tirdad Derakhshani, Philly.com, "The family-friendly side of Fringe," 7 Sep. 2017 The blessedly functional David Schweizer production uses screens, projections, and shadow play for the bloodiest parts, leaving nothing to the imagination (even a cutoff penis), but maintaining unreal abstraction. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "'Elizabeth Cree' opens O17 festival with bloody good opera," 15 Sep. 2017

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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