Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 26 May 2019

Spectacular production Shadowland on its way to Dubai

The production features classical dance mixed with multimedia images and modern soundtrack

Shadowland mixes classical dance with multimedia for a truly visual experience. Picture by Ian Douglas
Shadowland mixes classical dance with multimedia for a truly visual experience. Picture by Ian Douglas

The eye-popping stage show Shadowland is coming to Dubai in September.

The spectacle, which has already been watched by over one million people in 30 countries, will come to the UAE for three days at the Dubai World Trade Centre beginning from September 13.

The show, which international critics acclaimed for its sensory thrills and beauty, blends various artistic disciplines including ballet, circus, shadow theatre with multimedia images.

Amongst all that movement and visuals on stage is a good-old-fashioned fantasy tale.

Set at night, the show begins with a teenage girl going to sleep. When she lies on her bed the four walls of her bedroom spin and ultimately takes her to a mystical new world. Lost and trying to find her way home, she encounters various creatures on her journey who range from the comic and mysterious to evil.

With each of the cast characterised through their own set of dance and visuals, Shadowland is landmark project for Pilobolus for its sheer scale and vision.

“Shadowland is Pilobolus’s first evening length show, and we are really excited to stage our show for the Dubai audience,” said co-artistic director Robby Barnett.

“It is amazing that shadows, something we thought we always knew, have emerged at this point in Shadowland’s life as a new medium and storytelling form. It makes me proud to have had the chance to be a part of something that was really a global phenomenon.”

The personnel behind the show is another indication of the show's unique approach. Developed in 2009, the company's artistic directors collaborated on the script with Steven Banks, who is the lead writer for the much loved television cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.

Another feature of the show is the modern soundtrack provided by David Poe.

The US singer-songwriter has found success on his own right through a mix of solo albums and performing alongside the likes of luminaries Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

Commissioned specifically for the Shadowland project, Poe’s compositions are mixture of mid-tempo folk-rock tunes and intimate ballads on acoustic guitar.


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Formed in 1971 by students from Dartmouth University, the company was created with the aim of breaking down performance and artistic barriers. Ever since, they have performed original works, provided workshops and even ran summer camps in the US tailor made for creatives.

In addition to their UAE tour, this year will also see the world premiere of their latest production Come to Your Senses in August in Connecticut.

Shadowland runs from September 13 to 15 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Show times are 3pm and 7.30pm. Tickets begin from Dh230 from www.shadowland.ae

Updated: July 19, 2018 11:58 AM