LIGHTWIRE THEATER BRINGS UNIQUE SHOW TO CHADRON ON THURS

Posted 8 months ago

By John Axtell

Lightwire Theater -1Lightwire Theater brings its unique blend of art, dance, and technology to Chadron State College Thursday night, the final event in the 2014 Galaxy Series.

The group is offering its life-size puppet take on two classic tales…Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” and the Aesop Fable of “The Tortise and the Hare” at 7:00 in Memorial Hall. Tickets will be available at the door.

Lightwire blurs the lines between reality and special effects, combining classic optical illusion with cutting edge technology to produce what is described by critics as a stunningly innovative theatrical experience.

Galaxy committee chairman Shelly Johns saw the group perform a year ago as part of the selection process for the series and says she was surprised by how much the show has to offer both children and adults.

Creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out and found they shared a love of art, theater and technology.

Lightwire Theater -2When they discovered electroluminescent wire…which can be stitched to clothing and powered by batteries to light up, Carney and Popp worked with their wives to develop puppetry based creatures that quickly gained their own personalities.

Although puppet is the most common term used to describe the Lightwire performers, Shelly Johns says they’re not puppets in the way most people think of.

Ballet and Broadway-trained dancers in black bodysuits lined in electroluminescent wire become invisible on the darkened stage except for their lights, incandescent creatures springing to vivid life in a compelling tale of good versus evil.

Although they reached only the semifinals, Lightwire was [raised by the judges of America’s Got Talent for their originality and ingenuity.

For a preview of the Lightwire Theater production go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OJL_y0H_UM