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NATIONAL BLACK LIGHT THEATRE PRAGUE - MARCH 13

February 14, 2005
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NATIONAL BLACK LIGHT THEATRE PRAGUE’S
THEATER OF ILLUSION –
FANTASY TRAVELLERS: ALICE & GULLIVER
Spectacular effects highlight tale interweaving Alice in Wonderland
and Gulliver’s Travels
Sunday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, February 8, 2005—A stunning, multi-visual show featuring live performance, black light theater effects, big screen projections, and magic tricks, Fantasy Travellers: Alice and Gulliver is performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the performance on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Inanimate objects are brought to life in the black box technique where actors, dressed in black, manipulate objects and using unique, patented stage mechanisms covered in black velvet, they fly, shrink and even disappear. Experts at this union of the artistic and the technical, the National Black Light Theatre Prague chooses well known fables with strong, recognizable themes as jumping off points for visual spectaculars that have garnered the company acclaim in over 30 countries.

Fantasy Travellers: Alice and Gulliver is a program combining the best of the Theatre’s triumphs from the always trendsetting Edinburgh Festival – Aspects of Alice and Gulliver. Audiences delight as Alice glides across the skyline of old Prague, encountering mysterious creatures and magical effects. In Gulliver, live action is combined with film to recreate Swift’s legendary Lilliputian world.

Black box theatrical tricks originated in ancient China, where they were used to entertain the Emperor. In Japan, the technique was used in the Bunrak puppet theatres. In the early 20th century, the black box trick ushered in the new world of film effects and by the 1950s, avant garde French puppeteers were using it in what would become known as "black box theatre."

Active in Czech black light theatrical companies and development since the early eighties and his founding of Pan Optikum, producer and artistic director Pavel Marek founded National Black Light Theatre Prague in 2003.


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Tickets for FANTASY TRAVELLERS: ALICE AND GULLIVER are $34, $26, $17. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.