New Acrobatic Dance Version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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Now in its 60th year, the pioneering Paul Taylor Dance Company stages several of its acclaimed pieces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham, Taylor's not only one of the greatest modern choreographers of the 20th century, he's also one of the 21st century's most daring innovators, still creating well into his 80s. His 16-member company embodies his continuing genius and nurtures new talent -- Tony winners Twyla Tharp and David Parsons are among its many distinguished alumni. Expect a wonderful show of kinetic movement, enthralling storytelling and surprising humor from one of the true legends of the form. Learn More
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If you mixed Tim Burton's dark weirdness with Matthew Bourne's creative "movement choreography," you'd get this version of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari. I know that bigger shows get more publicity, but this is the one that should be selling out. I loved the original music, the creepy, the smart choreography, the projected backdrops and the equally creepy make-up. The performers put their hearts into everything that they did and were virtually flawless. The male lead (the teller of the tale) deserved a standing ovation and I'm disappointed that he did not receive one. Don't expect to be uplifted by this show. It ain't no "Sound of Music." Instead, be prepared to be taken on a journey from happiness into madness. If you think you can handle it, go see this show.//Additional advice: I used the multi-level parking structure behind the Art Institute (the Institute is at 5250 Lankershim but enter the lot on Weddington); it only cost $4 and was safe. I didn't think that the El Portal Theatre opened until a half hour before the show, but it actually opened an hour early and was air conditioned...unlike my car, which I sat in for a half hour, thinking that the theater wasn't open yet. Leave a little room in your stomach to try the El Portal's tempting desserts; I wish I'd done that. Performers, including Dr. Caligari himself, interact with audience members in the bar area during intermission. The women's restroom is upstairs (I think the men's is, too). Don't know if they have any handicapped restrooms downstairs so if you have trouble walking, call the venue and ask. Lastly, it's better to see this show from the back of the venue than the front because dialog appears on screens that are off to the side and they're hard to see, up close to the stage; I sat in row G for Act 1 and moved to the last row for Act 2. I liked the last row better.
Quotes & Highlights
- Learn more about <em>The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari</em> in this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.astradance.com/synopsis">synopsis</a> from Astra Dance Company.
A "who done-it?" silent film turned into the incomparable experience of live stage, Dr. Caligari is a theatrical dance show at every turn. To start the entire cast is clothed and painted head to toe in Black and White, which is further complimented by black and white multi-media projections and silent film clips, an original score by composer Regan Remy and emotive dance as the medium of communication all morphing this psychological thriller from fantasy to reality and back again.
Dr. Caligari is the first of its kind for the Astra Dance Company. No stranger to large casts, high production value and complicated digital components, Astra Dance Company thrives on the challenge of combining multiple art forms into the telling of a single story. Emersing the audience at every level, Astra Dance Company strives to entice you from the moment of arrival; be it concession and lobby experience, to film, lights, music and dancing. With its origin in silent film, Dr. Caligari broadens the reach of Astra Dance Company who's primary focus is that of literature. This telling of a silent film is a true testimony to the theatrical aspects of the dance company's ability to communicate story, emotion and character through music, movement and costuming. All of which Astra Dance Company has gained recognition and high praise.