Aluminum Show brings metal to life

LAFAYETTE - Founded in 1988, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana is a non profit organization that presents live entertainment at the Heymann Performing Arts Center and other local venues, creates in-school arts activities, offers daytime performances for students and initiates outreach programs such as PASA Plus and Play It Again, Lafayette. PASA presents annual performances of opera, dance, drama and a variety of musical performances.

The Aluminum Show brings a high-energy, visually stunning, family-friendly live show to the Heymann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 20. This performance is part of the 2010/2011 main stage series presented by the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana.

“A fascinating, family-friendly, fun and interesting show...incredibly interactive from the front of the theatre all the way to the back... very visual... the energy is amazing...something I’ve never seen before,” reported Fox News TV.

This show is a unique and energetic experience for the entire family, a stimulating tour de force which combines movement, dance, visual theater and plenty of humor. Under the artistic direction of show creator Ilan Azriel, The Aluminum Show combines dance, unique choreography and puppetry. Azriel drew creative inspiration from years as a performing artist/dancer with the Inbal Dance Theater in Tel Aviv and in the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC).

In the show, talented dancers and actors breathe life into aluminum-tone industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its parents. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by bizarre technology, it finds adventure, excitement and even a human friend, who does whatever it takes to get it back home in one piece.

“The Aluminum Show is GREAT fun for the entire family. Children of all ages will be captivated by the movement, dance and humor of the story line” says PASA Executive Director, Shanna Higginbotham. “This is the perfect way to cap off PASA’s 2010/2011 main stage series, a world class performance that anyone who loves entertainment should not miss.”

The Aluminum Show uses recovered materials from industrial factories that are re-used to build the set, dress the cast and interact with the audience. As industrial materials are given new and surprising contexts, then combined with visual effects, lighting manipulations and enchanting music, all senses are on high alert. With sights and sounds that overcome any language barrier, this is visual entertainment at its best.

“Kids will go crazy over this entire silver-and-black spectacle, but the best family magic occurs when an audience member is brought on stage, wrapped in foil, and eaten by an aluminum duct. He simply disappeared,” says Theatermania.

The Aluminum Show is sponsored by Fugro Chance, Doug Ashy Building, Schilling Distributing and Vidox with additional support from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Tickets for The Aluminum Show are available through TicketMaster by calling 1(800) 745-3000, or online at pasaonline.org or at any TicketMaster box office, including the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette.

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