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Shadows Come to Life at Silas

The performers showcased a number of pieces referencing transformation and reaching many of life’s milestones.  thumbnail144200
The performers showcased a number of pieces referencing transformation and reaching many of life’s milestones.
Catapult’s performances include expressive modern dance in which they shine light on human emotions, such as being home sick from frequent traveling.  thumbnail152492
Catapult’s performances include expressive modern dance in which they shine light on human emotions, such as being home sick from frequent traveling.
Director Adam Battelstein and his dancers collaborate to come up with new concepts and choreography.  thumbnail152493
Director Adam Battelstein and his dancers collaborate to come up with new concepts and choreography.
After the school-wide performance, small group workshops allowed students to learn how to form a few of the shapes they saw live.  thumbnail152494
After the school-wide performance, small group workshops allowed students to learn how to form a few of the shapes they saw live.
Student volunteers had the chance to go back stage to become part of the show.  thumbnail152495
Student volunteers had the chance to go back stage to become part of the show.

Silas Wood sixth-graders were in for a special treat just before Winter Recess with a performance by Catapult Entertainment’s Premier Shadow Dance Company. The group gained notoriety from their appearance on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent where they wowed the judges and audience by combining dance and light to create an entrancing performance. The dancers have traveled around the world performing, with Germany being the next stop on their tour. Their show combines modern dance with light to tell stories of tradition and transformation. By manipulating their bodies and collaborating with each other, the dancers create recognizable forms that are seen from the other side of the extravagant show’s projection screen. Dancers use their entire bodies to create these eye-catching shapes and utilize props throughout the performance to further transform their shadows. 

After performing for the gym-filled room of fascinated sixth-graders, small groups met with the dancers and Director Adam Battelstein who showed students how to create some of the same shapes they witnessed during the show. Students were interested to see how they could manipulate their bodies to transform their own shadows into familiar shapes that move with life across the large screen. They learned about light, perspective, and how to collaborate with one another to tell a story that is larger than life. Thank you to Adam and the dancers at Catapult Entertainment for sharing your talents with our students! A special thank you to Jackie Tartaro for facilitating this mesmerizing event. It was an incredible opportunity to see the creative possibilities of dance, light, shadows, and live performance.