A Port Theatre Spotlight Series Presentation
A SPECIAL CANADIAN PREMIERE PRESENTATION
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In what will be a most unique live experience, a monstrous feast for the senses, Internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema will stitch together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation; combining handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and live music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.
“Frankenstein” is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic on what it means to be human and the dichotomy between nature and technology. However, Manual Cinema brings a unique twist to the story and on theatre as a whole. Their performances incorporate actors, shadow puppets, live orchestral music, robot musicians, Japanese Bunraku puppets and film screens. A large film screen is placed above so audiences can watch the story, and just below on stage, the cast and crew play instruments and move paper cutouts along overhead projectors all in real-time. It’s like watching the finished product and the behind-the-scenes simultaneously.
“It probably feels most like going to see a movie, but when you look down you realize everything you’re seeing and hearing is being created live,” said Kyle Vegter, Manual Cinema artistic director.