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Spotlight Asia: Big Cats

May 23, 2015

Shadow Puppet, Head, Tiger, China/AMNH/Catalog No: 70.0/ 2490

Shadow Puppet, Head, Tiger, China/AMNH/Catalog No: 70.0/ 2490

Cats in the Panthera genus are the only animals able to roar (though some call the snow leopard’s call a “chuff”). 

Grab your cubs and join us for a family-friendly day of live theater, musical performances, and hands-on activities featuring new conservation technologies, as we learn more about Asia’s big cats and their role in cultures around the continent.

For a full list of activities and performances, please refer to the program here: 

Enjoy a sneak peak of Saung Budaya’s Topeng Blantek (mask) dance, a celebrated traditional dance from Indonesia:


Take a look at Chinese Theatre Works' Tiger Tales:


Watch Spotlight Asia host Sonny Singh playing the dhol:



Enjoy a clip of composer Paul Yeon Lee rehearsing "Scattered Wind" for Daegeum and Piano:



Spotlight Asia is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation, the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt, and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Special thanks to the Ford Foundation.