National Black Light Theatre Prague Presents “Fantasy Travelers: Alice and Gulliver”

Posted: March 11, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Spectacular effects highlight a tale interweaving Alice in Wonderland and Gulliver’s Travels in the National Black Light Theatre Prague’s multivisual show. Featuring live performance, black light theater effects, big screen projections, and magic tricks, “Fantasy Travelers: Alice and Gulliver” will be performed at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

Inanimate objects are brought to life in the black box technique, where actors, dressed in black, manipulate objects, and using unique, patented stage mechanisms covered in black velvet, they fly, shrink, and even disappear. Expert at this union of the artistic and the technical, the National Black Light Theatre Prague chooses well-known fables with strong, recognizable themes as jumping off points for visual spectaculars that have garnered the company acclaim in more than 30 countries.

Black box theatrical tricks originated in ancient China, where they were used to entertain the Emperor. In Japan, the technique was used in the Bunrak puppet theatres. In the early 20th century, the black box trick ushered in the new world of film effects, and by the 1950s, avant garde French puppeteers were using it in what would become known as “black box theatre.”

Active in Czech black light theatrical companies and development since the early 1980s and his founding of Pan Optikum, producer and artistic director Pavel Marek founded National Black Light Theatre Prague in 2003.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $34, $26, and $17. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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