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Darwin the Dinosaur at Staller Center March 14

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Darwin05Children from age seven and up will enjoy a unique show of puppetry, dance, and storytelling as Darwin the Dinosaur comes to Staller Center’s Main Stage on Sunday, March 14, at 3:00 pm. Electroluminescent characters come to life in a blackout setting in this family show about a wild and primitive dinosaur created by a scientist who has magic powers. The characters are glowing crayon-like drawings that move.

The magical scientist puts Darwin the Dinosaur together piece by piece. Then to curb the dinosaur’s animal instincts, his creator realizes he needs to instill compassion in Darwin and give him a heart.

Corbian Visual Arts and Dance performers Ian Carney and Corbin Popp have developed an array of creatures and characters by using flexible electroluminescent wire that is formed into costumes manipulated by their hands and bodies. With music, dialogue, interesting choreography, and visual effects, their shows are entertaining and educational. They can be performed in any blackout setting available, from the beaches of a Caribbean island to the remote mountains of Tibet. The costumes are powered by batteries and rely on no outside source of power.

The co-directors/co-creators/co-choreographers are both professional dancers. Carney danced the lead role on Broadway in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out and has danced principal roles in Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Scheherazade, Petrouchka, and more. Popp’s background includes biochemistry, math, and physics and a year as a Fulbright scholar, as well as dancing professionally with Twyla Tharp, the Sacramento Ballet, and Complexions.

Tickets are $12. Call 632-ARTS or go to to order.

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