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http://ohproject.ru/darwinthedinosaur 27.10-04.11 in Moscow; 09-11.11 Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Lightwire Theater presents Darwin the Dinosaur as created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, Darwin has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.

Broadwayworld.com ” . . . an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.” “Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with”

Professor Henslow, a famous scientist who has magical powers, is alone in his workshop putting together his latest creation, Darwin. After some difficulties, a few minor adjustments, and a wave of his magic wand, Darwin is brought to life.

Darwin is a wild and primitive creature. Although Professor Henslow teaches him to walk, Darwin’s animal instincts eventually take over as he succumbs to his predatory nature.

Realizing that he is suddenly in danger, Professor Henslow cleverly responds by making a heart and bravely placing it in Darwin’s chest. The beast is immediately transformed into a loving creature and a lasting bond is created between the two.

Some time later, Professor Henslow and Darwin are enjoying the beautiful outdoors when Darwin becomes distracted by some fireflies and wanders off. Professor Henslow and Darwin are each sad as they cannot find one another, but Darwin soon makes a friend in Verla, a gangly ostrich who teaches him to dance. Before long he meets a great many creatures; Peche, the beautiful blue fish, and Brutus, the menacing red dinosaur, to name a few. Darwin learns something new about himself and the world around him from each experience with every creature he meets.

In the end, when Brutus threatens Professor Henslow, Darwin is forced to make a decision that will alter his life forever and ultimately lead him to discover the true meaning of love.

Fresh on the heels of their break out success, the creators of Darwin the Dinosaur are at it again! In an age when television, computers and video games reign supreme, the folks at Lightwire Theater (in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance) bring their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience.

The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare follows in Darwin’s footsteps with its use of Corbian’s signature electroluminescent puppetry.

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. Lightwire Theater brings this classic story to the modern stage offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.

Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” now more than 2,500 years old, continues to drive home the time-tested adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.”

Lightwire Theater, with its dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, literally brings these beloved tales into a new and brilliant light.

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