Shape shifters

The American dance company Pilobolus returns to Israel with its intricate and intriguing full-length show ‘Shadowland.’

November 18, 2011 21:25
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Shape shifters

Shape shifters dance silohouettes 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Founded in 1971 as an outsider dance company, Pilobolus quickly became renowned the world over for its imaginative and innovative approach and is now an inseparable element in the contemporary American culture.

Pilobolus first performed Shadowland at the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony, and it immediately became a hit worldwide. Combining shadow theater, modern dance, lighting effects and music, it tells the story of a young girl in ”shadow land.”

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Her dreamworlds captivate the audience, confronting them with their own surreal dreams.

The soundtrack ranges from ballads to hard-driving rock numbers.

The piece reflects the fast-paced lifestyle of New York City through the eyes of a tourist. The dancers create the landscape of New York through intricate body contortions and artistically sculpted strength.

Behind an illuminated screen, human forms intertwine into objects; bodies join to form impressive illusions and collapse again only to become new figures. Throughout the piece, the dancers manipulate their bodies and the space into the shapes of the skyscrapers, benches and taxis that form the world New York.

Shadowland November 29 – December 3 at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center; December 5 - 6 at the Jerusalem Theater; December 7 - 8 at the Beersheba Performing Arts Center; and December 9- 10 at the Haifa Auditorium.

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