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December 3, 2014 – The Santa Monica Library is hosting artist Yulya Dukhovny as she performs “Star in a Glass Jar,” a miniature theater production inspired by traditional Japanese storytelling, on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Library’s Multipurpose Room.

Written by Priscilla Gallardo and Celeste Rose Averill with original story, design and music by Dukhovny, Star in a Glass Jar tells the adventure of one child’s letter with no address finding its way to the other side of the world.

The production has been called "One of 10 best holiday events in Moscow" in the December 2012 Moscow Reporter.

Duknovny’s paper theater production is inspired by the traditions of Kamishibai, a form of storytelling that originated in 12th century Japanese Buddhist temples, where monks used picture scrolls to tell fables to their illiterate audience.

A special paper craft for ages 4 and older follows the performance.

Originally from Russia, Dukhovny studied piano, composition and chorus conducting, receiving her Masters in Music from the Ural Mussorgsky State Conservatory.

In 1990, she moved to Isreal, where she lived and worked in Tel Aviv for 16 years.

During that time, she focused on experimental projects, composing original scores for puppet theater, straight theater and films.

She was awarded “Best Theater Composer of the Year” at the 1999 Acco Theater Festival and her music has been widely performed at various international puppet theater festivals all over the world. 

Dukhovny has also worked in opera, participating in more than 30 European and U.S. opera productions, in such theaters as the Israeli Opera, Opera Pacific, Atlanta Opera and “Wight Nights Music Festival” in St. Petersburg (Russia).   

In 2010, Dukhovny began utilizing her creative talents in toy theater, a miniature performing art form also known as paper or model theater.

Through Microscope Toy Theater, her touring company, Dukhovny has introduced children and adults to the concepts of traditional and contemporary toy theater.

Admission to the event is free and seating is limited on a first arrival basis.

For more information, call the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org.


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