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DREAM IN SHADOWLAND, PILOBOLUS COMBINES ARTISTIC VISION AND SHEER ATHLETICISM. AUDIENCES SHOULD PREPARE TO BE AWED.

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f you ever played “shadow puppets” as a kid by shining a lamp on a wall and using your hands to create characters, then you already understand the basic technique the dancers of Pilobolus use in forming their astounding images. Although the idea may be simple, it takes a measure of artistic genius — and extraordinary athleticism — to turn it into an evening-length show with a story and music. Pilobolus, one of America’s most innovative dance companies, will do just that with Shadowland, which shrouds the Walt Disney Theater on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Shadowland combines images projected on screens of various sizes with choreography in front of the screens to create what the company calls “part shadow act,

part dance, part circus and part concert.” A score by singer-songwriter David Poe helps drive the action. The central character of Shadowland, a teenage girl, longs for independence but is still regarded as a child by her parents. One night, she wakes to something larger than life behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. As darkness envelops her, she embarks on a most unusual adventure. “Along the way we meet all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures — cen­taurs, monsters, crazy chefs, a cowboy and his car, an elephant and a huge hand that transforms the heroine into a dog figure,” wrote Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. The 45-year-old Pilobolus (named after a light-loving fungus) is known worldwide for peerless performances in which dancers WINTER 2016 | artsLife

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