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Shadowland to be staged in Xiamen by Pilobolus Dance Theater

Updated: 2014-04-25
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Shadowland is a mix of shadow theatre, dance, circus and concert, in which dancers move fluidly between the dream world and the real one.
 
A sexy minotaur, snakes, crabs, bloodthirsty chefs, seahorses and elephants are just a handful of the things Pilobolus Dance Theater manages to create with little more than silhouettes in this irreverent and completely mental 80-minute piece of shadow theatre.

A fusion of creative styles, Shadowland is a mix of shadow theatre, dance, circus and concert, incorporating multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create a performance that merges projected images and front-of-screen choreography. Shadowland was the first show of its kind to combine shadow theatre with dance, and has since inspired many similar productions around the world.

The dancers move fluidly between the dream world and the real one, even if the reasoning behind when and why this happens feels arbitrary. Still, seeing both shadows and real people on stage does provide welcome clues to how the illusions are created without giving away all their secrets.

Performed to a thumping soundtrack, ‘Shadowland’ doesn’t have much subtlety, or even poetry, it’s more a demonstration of what can be done with a screen, a light and some super-agile people, but even for just being this, it is impressive. The 12-strong dance troupe are extraordinarily adept at turning the tiniest detail – a slanted finger, a toss of the head – into something totally different with a silhouette.

Venue: Banlam Grand Theater
Date & Time: 19:30 on 25th April, 2014
                      14:00; 19:30 on 26th-27th April, 2014
Ticket:  RMB 380/280/180/80

SOURCE: WOX Team by Sanmao Lin
 
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