US troupe Pilobolus puts shadows centre stage with its inventive and impressive fusion of puppetry, dance and optical illusion
“It’s a collaborative effort by a very interesting group of people who have achieved something just so different.”
When the show had been further developed, they brought in American composer David Poe to transform the show with music.
“For thousands and thousands of years there has been performance through mime. You can get a tremendous amount across without words, and that enables the show to literally go anywhere,” Banks says.
The show also shines a light on how the graceful shadowy images are created, with performers coming in front of the screens at one point to show the audience exactly how the captivating images are born.
“At one point the audience literally sees how they do it. We’re not afraid to show the magic behind the screen,’’ Banks says.
More than half a million people worldwide have seen Shadowland, which opens in Adelaide next month. But to Banks’ disappointment, it has not yet toured in the US. Pilobolus brings Shadowland to Her Majesty's Theatre, July 9-13, 7.30pm, with 2pm matinees on July 12-13. Suitable for over 10s only. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au