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US troupe Pilobo­lus puts shad­ows cen­tre stage with its in­ven­tive and im­pres­sive fu­sion of pup­petry, dance and op­ti­cal il­lu­sion

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“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

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