Dance Prism's Adaptation of Make Way for Ducklings at Mechanics Hall
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The last date listed for Make Way for Ducklings was Sunday April 20, 2008 / 2:30pm.
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What happens when a bunch of classically trained musicians, dancers and actors decide to put on a late-night dance-club show? You get something like AcousticaElectronica, where classical collides with electronic to create an all-new visual and aural spectacle. It starts with live musicians playing the work of established and up-and-coming composers, joined onstage by The WIG, a New York-based DJ. The dancers bring in their blend of ballet, jazz and modern movement, while the aerialists wow the audience with their artistic fly-overs. With a lower mezzanine ticket, you can take in the show from an exclusive, raised dance-floor area, with standing cocktail tables and your own server so you can skip the bar lines. This toUch performance art production also features pre- and post-show sets from a number of Boston's hottest DJs. Learn More
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Complimentary reception to meet the characters follows the performance.
Originally an award-winning children’s story, Robert McCloskey’s work has become a New England icon. Dance Prism’s adaptation of the story for children (and nostalgic adults) traces the now-familiar journey of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of ducklings from their quiet nest on the Charles River to their new home in the Boston Public Garden. Guided by Michael the Policeman, the Mallard family proudly braves the challenges of the city and its diverse but kindly residents.
McCloskey’s illustrations inspire a lively population of 1940s-era characters to complement the fabled little ducklings and their attentive parents. The Public Garden scene even includes a proud flock of tango-dancing swans.
Dance Prism set the work to the buoyant music of Leroy Anderson, long Arthur Fiedler’s composer of choice for Boston Pops encores. Anderson’s blaring trumpets and pizzicato strings evoke the spirit of the jazz-loving 1940s, while his more contemplative pieces recollect a wartime era of bittersweet loves and losses, a time when extraordinary events made the kindness of strangers commonplace. Even as the ballet depicts for children a joyful story of familial affection and daring, its human characters reflect the broader dimensions of Anderson’s music.