Performers and Programs

Program Information

Program name: Before Cave Walls...The Transformation Lecture
Program category: Multicultural- Other
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Program length: 45 to 60 minutes
Audience level: Family
Audience size: any size, small or large
Program description: Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin A Dynamic Lecture by Christopher Agostino Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves. Christopher Agostino,  author of Transformations: The Story Behind the Painted  Faces, presents an interactive performance lecture on this art of transformation.  An exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, he delves into the use of masks and makeup in cultural traditions and  world theater, symbols and iconography in tribal body art, and the influence of traditional sources on the early 20th century modern artists and current culture.  This performance challenges audiences to consider the origins of our collective humanity while taking performance art in a new direction — illustrated live on the faces of volunteers. Originally created as an instructive program for theatrical makeup artists and facepainters, Before Cave Walls… has developed into a performance proven fascinating for artists of all fields and general audiences as well, including family audiences, adults and college students. Presentations for theatres, libraries, festivals, and colleges. See the Before Cave Walls… video at: For additional information see:
Space/special requirements: no special requirements
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: $501- $1000
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $0.01
Notes about the fee: Base rate for a single show is $675. 2 shows back-to-back = $925. Fees negotiable for libraries and for multiple or block bookings.
Other notes: Travel included with the NYC Metropolitan area. Travel fees to other regions may be added and are determined by the number of performances scheduled within a region. (We do not base our fees on a rate per mile formula).
Regions this program
can be performed in:
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Long Island
Program last updated: 05/24/2013
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Agostino & Co. Performing Arts
Performer name: Christopher Agostino
Phone: 516-771-8086
Mailing address: 3 Windsor Rd.
Baldwin, NY 11510
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Bethpage Library, Islip Library, Floyd Memorial Library, Locust Valley Library, Oyster Bay Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 03/17/2015


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