'The Aluminum Show' at the Craterian
Ilan Azriel, an Israeli dancer and choreographer, was doing a one-man show with life-size puppets and masks. Then one day, he walked into a hardware store and saw some small, aluminum tubing.
He picked it up, put his hand inside and was mesmerized as he watched the tubing move about like a snake. In a flash of inspiration, he began to think about putting dancers inside larger tubes and adding music and lighting.
Two years later, Azriel had created a full-length show for six dancers that combines movement, visual theater, humor and aluminum of every size and shape.
Since then, "The Aluminum Show" has performed around the world, returning to the United States for a 2011 tour.
The multimedia extravaganza — a one-of-a-kind, family show — will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.
"The Aluminum Show" made its 2003 debut at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. In 2008, it became a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
BBC called it "one of the most visually stunning performances."
When the show first arrived in the U.S., it appeared more than 60 times at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Fox News called it "a fascinating, family-friendly, fun and interesting show ... incredibly interactive from the front of the theater all the way to the back ... very visual ... the energy is amazing."
Dancers and actors breathe life into aluminum, industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its family. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by technology, it finds adventure, excitement and a human friend who does whatever it takes to get the machine back home in one piece.
The show draws on dance, puppetry, masks, illusion and fantastic props to create its otherworldly spectacle, and it uses recovered materials from industrial factories for its set, costumes and interactions with audiences.
Azriel, the show's creator and artistic director, spent years as a dancer with the Inbal Dance Theater in Tel Aviv, Israel, and with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company at Kibbutz Gaaton in Western Galilee. He independently established his own group in 1997.
Tickets to the Craterian's show cost $32, $35 and $38; $23, $26 and $29 for ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., online at www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.
Go to www.craterian.org/events/the-aluminum-show to watch a promotional video of "The Aluminum Show."