Shadowland Tells Story through Dance
On Tuesday night, Shadowland, was performed at Penn State University in the Eisenhower Auditorium. Shadowland is a show that tells a story through the art form of dance.
At night, a girl falls asleep, and notices different shadows that appear on her wall. Once there, the wall in her room turns around she’s trapped. After seeing the mysterious creatures, an enticing flower, and a luring arm, a huge hand molded her into a half human half dog. From there, she goes on an eye-opening journey to discover who she is and her destiny.
The main props that were used were screens, lights, and the dancers’ own bodies. All nine dancers used shape shifting body techniques to create a variation of characters and different visualizations. They used their bodies to create a car, a man-horse, an elephant, a flower and several other illustrations from behind a screen. The screen in the center of the stage and the lights played a big part in creating these awesome depictions to the audience.
Shadowland was created by Pilobolus. Pilobolus uses signature collaborations of weight-sharing partnering and shape-shifting perspectives. Using human bodies to recreate iconic images has always been their main goal. In 2006, Pilobolus created a car with their own human bodies for a Hyundai commercial. Following that, they were asked to recreate images with their bodies in the form of shadows at the seventy-ninth annual Academy Awards ceremony. This recreation of iconic images in the form of moving shadows is what Shadowland is all about. In 2009, Shadowland was officially brought on stage to be performed.
Photo Credit: Ian Douglas