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Scenes from the Bushnell

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein comes to The Bushnell

January 29, 2007HARTFORD , CT -- Innovative theater company The Flying Machine will bring their astounding new production of Frankenstein to The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts’ Belding Theater on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets are $27.50, $22.50, and $17.50 and can be purchased by visiting The Bushnell Box Office at 166 Capitol Avenue , Hartford , by calling the Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org. The performance is part of the Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Off-Broadway Series.

The Flying Machine has reinvented Mary Shelley’s gothic classic as a dark midwinter’s fairy tale that turns the spotlight from the monster to his troubled young creator, Victor Frankenstein.

Ingolshadt, home to student Victor Frankenstein, is a fantastical world of winding wooden walkways, glowing gaslights, and snowy streets. It is this Dickensian dreamscape, populated by potbellied innkeepers, wizened old professors, and bespectacled young philosophers that serves as the backdrop for Frankenstein’s horrifying yet thrilling achievement and the tragic brutality his unnatural creation embodies and evokes.

A complex tapestry that binds suspense, poignancy, and morbid wit, the story unfolds through The Flying Machine’s trademark blend of live music, evocative found objects, skilled physical performance and child’s dream logic. This is powerful magic that theater lovers of any age won’t soon forget.

All ticketholders are invited to come early for "Obsession! Guilt! Transformation!," a free pre-show discussion beginning at 6:45 p.m.

 

About The Flying Machine Theater Company

The Flying Machine is a highly acclaimed international collaboration formed in Paris in 1996 under the auspices of legendary teacher Jacques Lecoq by a group of performers and educators from various theatrical backgrounds and expertise.

Using a global array of theatrical styles, they create works from original and adapted narratives while expanding theatrical possibilities to tell the most vibrant stories possible. While The Flying Machine's primary tools are the body, manipulated objects, mask-play and music, they draw on their Lecoq training and utilize their knowledge of Khatakali, Decroux, and other contemporary dance forms to train and to inform their work. Each member of The Flying Machine functions not only as performer but as musician, puppeteer, mask maker, writer and director. They believe in true collaboration and celebrate the individual's voice within an ensemble setting. Using traditional instruments along with those crafted by the company to create a specific sound, originally composed, live music is always incorporated in the company's work. The Flying Machine have earned their place in the pantheon of American and international clowning as well as with the connoisseur of serious drama.

The company's unique work as educators has brought them to residencies in numerous schools and programs in the tri-state area and abroad. In addition to the annual Summer Camp Institute for High School Students in association with Soho Rep., one of NYC's most innovative producers of new work, The Flying Machine continues to develop innovative programs for professional actors, allowing the students to develop as both performers and creators and giving them the tools to bring their unique visions to life.

 

About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The Bushnell is Connecticut ’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, lo cal arts and community events. In November 2001, The Bushnell completed a $45 million expansion project that added a second, 907-seat theater to the existing historic structure. The new, state-of-the-art performance hall allo ws for expanded arts, entertainment and community offerings. The Bushnell’s nationally-recognized arts-in-education program, PARTNERS (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools ), is a cross-community educational effort serving 20 schools in 12 districts throughout the Greater Hartford area. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a non-profit organization. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at www.bushnell.org.

 

 

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