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Shadowland: An enthralling experience


An Enthralling Experience of Wonderment for The Entire Family
Direct from the US, the company that wowed audiences at the 79th Academy Awards and became an overnight viral sensation bring their enchanting tale of shape-shifting illusion and dance to The Civic, Auckland with SHADOWLAND making its NZ première fromTuesday 3 – Sunday 8 June.

"This is an amazing spectacle of inventiveness" - Le Parisien

Seen by over 500,000 people worldwide SHADOWLAND has been created by renowned dance theatre exponents – Pilobolus whose work is hallmarked by innovation and dynamism. With the marvels of a dream, the grace and awe of acrobatics, whimsy and stirring emotions, SHADOWLAND creates indelible images that are unexpected and revelatory.

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The first ever show of its kind to combine shadow theatre with dance, SHADOWLAND is an enchanting tale of a teenage girl who yearns for independence. From her dreams she wakes to something behind her bedroom wall - her shadow. The wall of her room begins to move, trapping her on the other side. Unable to escape, the girl goes deeper and deeper into SHADOWLAND where strange creatures, both threatening and seductive, playfully appear.

Created in collaboration with the lead writer for SpongeBob SquarePantsSteven Banks and set to an original score ranging from ballads to pulsating rock by American composer - David Poe, SHADOWLAND celebrates the unusual transformative power of the dark to show us who and what we are in unexpected and thrilling ways. As a performer, Poe has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Chris Whitley and Tori Amos and his work has appeared in a variety of film, TV, dance and theatre projects.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus is a modern performance company that is based in Washington Depot Connecticut. They perform for stage, television, and online audiences all over the world and have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, early in the morning on Sesame Street, Oprah Winfrey Show, and in primetime as a feature on CBS's 60 Minutes.

Pilobolus has performed live shows in 64 countries and has received a number of prestigious honours; including the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005.

In 2010, Pilobolus was honoured as the first collective to receive the Dance MagazineAward, which recognises artists who have made lasting contributions to the field.Pilobolus’ works also appear in the repertories of major American and European dance companies.

“At various points in a performance of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, you forget what you’re looking at; the dancers move so skilfully, so symbiotically, that they cease to resemble people at all.” - The New Yorker


Presented by ATA All Stars
The Civic, Auckland, 3 – 8 June, 2014
Tickets $59.90 - $94.90 *service fees apply. Family and group prices available.
TICKETS ON SALE Tuesday 25 February
Bookings: Ticketmaster – or 0800 111 999
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval). Recommended for audiences 8 and above.


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