COLLABORATORS: Steven Banks, Robby Barnett, Renée Jaworski, Matt Kent, Itamar Kubovy, and Michael Tracy, in collaboration with original cast members: Josie Coyoc, Mark Fucik, Molly Gawler, Christopher Grant, Damon Honeycutt, Beth Lewis, Roberto Olvera, Derek Stratton, Lauren Yalang
Madrid, Teatro Nuevo Apolo
Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both intensely dramatic and comedic. The story is a surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age. Shadowland is the first theatrical event of its kind to tour the globe. Set to a rhythmic original score, the songs illuminate the themes and visuals of this fascinating story and world.
Shadowland combines multimedia, projected shadow play, and front-of-screen choreography in a wild evening of storytelling that is uniquely Pilobolus. The first shadow theater event of its kind to tour the globe, Pilobolus has performed Shadowland in 32 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and The Americas where it has be seen by more than 1,000,000 fans. Pilobolus pioneered this new form of shadow theater in advertisements for Hyundai and at the 79th Annual Academy Awards where it performed, through shadow, iconic images of the films nominated for Best Picture. Shadowland is a natural evolution of Pilobolus’s ground breaking experiments in shadow creation. Developed in 2009 by Pilobolus’s directors and dancers in collaboration with the lead writer for SpongeBob SquarePants, Steven Banks, and with music by American musician, producer, and film composer David Poe, Shadowland is a universal and intimately portrayed experience that is both intensely dramatic and comedic.
Night. A teenage girl prepares for bed. As she falls asleep, the wall of her room mysteriously starts to spin, trapping her on the other side—a transfigured body stuck in the land of shadows. Unable to escape, the girl sets off on a journey of discovery. Strange creatures appear along the way—at once comic and evil, threatening and seductive. With Pilobolus’s acrobatic movement, the humor of cartoons, and the heart of a love story, Shadowland celebrates the power of dreams to help us discover who we’re born to be.