Corbian Dance and Lightwire Theatre
The Ugly Duckling
The Tortoise & the Hare
Sunday, January 8 and Sunday, January 15
2 p.m and 4:30 p.m. (doors open one hour before curtain)
Stateside at the Paramount
716 Congress Avenue (click for map
Tickets $12 - purchase online or call (512) 474-1221 to purchase by phone.
Corbian Dance Company returns with two classic stories told with spectacular glow in the dark electroluminescent wire (EL Wire) puppets. Broadway.com describes their puppetry as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”
The Ugly Duckling
Of the five eggs in Mother Duck's nest, one is the largest and last to hatch. Bigger and paler than the others, this last hatchling is treated as an outsider by Mother Duck and her ducklings. He may be the best swimmer of the brood, but this alone is not enough to ensure his acceptance. Knowing only rejection, this Ugly Duckling goes out into the wild alone. Reflecting upon his plight under the glow of a remote willow tree, he sees a wily cat creeping in the direction of Mother Duck's nest. The Ugly Duckling follows and watches as one lagging duckling is captured and taken back to the cat's lair. In true heroic fashion, this Ugly Duckling succeeds in vanquishing the cat and rescuing the captured duckling. Celebrated by Mother Duck and her ducklings for his uniqueness, all realize that he may have been an ugly duckling, but he has grown into a beautiful and powerful swan.
The Tortoise and the Hare
Ridiculed by the Hare, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. They set off and the Hare takes a commanding lead right away. Thinking he will win easily, the Hare allows himself to be distracted with many modern day activities; texting, video games and the paparazzi, of course. The Tortoise continues to trudge along at his methodical pace and, despite the fact that the Hare is a swifter creature, wins the race due to his discipline and fortitude.
Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, Darwin has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.
New York Post: “You can't get this at the movies or in a DVD.” “Darwin the Dinosaur teaches us why live theater will never go extinct.” – Leigh Witchel
LA Times: “It is a wonderful hour of fantasy that combines ancient, wordless storytelling with modern technology and music.”
Broadwayworld.com: “ . . . an eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen.” “Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with”
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