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Theater Tue Jul 26 2011

Manual Cinema Presents ADA/AVA

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Fans of unconventional theater take note: Chicago's got a new shadow puppet show.

Experimental multimedia puppetry group Manual Cinema presents ADA/AVA, its first evening-length original shadow puppetry work, at the Charnel House (3421 W. Fullerton) this Thursday, July 28 through Sunday the 31st. Manual Cinema combines overhead projector shadow puppetry, actors in silhouette, and live music performance to create handmade, cinematic stories exploring new frontiers of immersive storytelling.

According to press materials, "Manual Cinema's ADA/AVA tells the story of two sisters separated by death and reunited by phenomenal circumstances. Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time in the patterns of a life built for two. However, a traveling carnival and a trip to a mirror maze plunge her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, ADA/AVA uses a story of the fantastic and supernatural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other."

The show starts each night at 8pm with live music and performances, with ADA/AVA beginning at 9. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at manualcinema.com, where more information and a trailer for the show can be found. Bonus: BYOB!

Opening Acts:
Thursday, July 28:
Talons & Nick Demeris

Friday, July 29:
Rollin Hunt & Mothergirl (live puppetry/ acting)

Saturday, July 30:
Thin Hymns & Jason Adams (toy theater)

Sunday, July 31:
Sordid Little Story & Mike Olean

Kelly Reaves / July 26, 2011 5:56 PM

Apparently shadow puppets are hot right now: http://vimeo.com/26817742

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