Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow-in-the-Dark Adventure for All Ages features electroluminescent crayon-like creatures that light up the night in a heart rending tale of a scientist, Professor Henslow, and his creation, Darwin the Dinosaur. Throughout Darwin’s adventures beyond the professor’s workshop, he encounters many different types of creatures – Verla, the gangly ostrich; Peche, the beautiful fish; and Brutus, the red dinosaur – and, from each experience, he learns something new about the world around him. Truly unique and visually dazzling, the show has been universally praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance.
Creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. An immediate connection was made as they discovered their mutual love for art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called EL wire, the lights turned on. EL wire is an electroluminescent wire that is powered by batteries. Unlike black light, the technology glows from within and requires no outside source of power. The possibilities seemed endless. Together with their wives Eleanor and Whitney they began to develop puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality.
They then relocated from New York, to Ian and Eleanor’s home in New Orleans to continue the creative process. It was here, in the Katrina-ravaged city that the show began to take shape. The result, after years of engineering and development is Darwin the Dinosaur. Truly unique and visually dazzling, Darwin is an innovative theatrical experience. Crayon-like creatures light up the stage is a heart-rending tale of a dinosaur that discovers the true meaning of love. Originally created in partnership with The Detroit Music Hall, Darwin has performed across the country for enthusiastic audiences of all ages.
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