Redmoon Hosts Winter Pageant 2014, Now thru 12/21
Chicago's acclaimed Spectacle company Redmoon announces its annual family-friendly Winter Pageant for two weekends in December. In its 16th year, the holiday tradition explores the idea of grand love and honors the four seasons of the human heart. Set atop a massive glacier, the love stories are brought to life by a cast of more than 40 performers - 10 professional spectacle performers alongside 30 community collaborators. These include internationally acclaimed break dancers, aerialists ages 8 to 35, a teen choir and beautiful, handmade Redmoon puppets and costumes, with a live original score performed by a one-man/10-instrument band. Redmoon's Winter Pageant 2014 takes place today, December 12-21 at Redmoon, 2120 S. Jefferson Street. Performances are Fridays at 7 pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm & 5 pm. Press night is opening night, Friday, December 12. Tickets, $25 for adults and $15 for kids 3+, are available at redmoon.org or 312-850-8440 x123.
In Winter Pageant 2014, a pair of explorers travels to a massive glacier - built entirely of paper - in search of a precious mineral that will bring them great worldly wealth, but a disagreement forces them to part ways. On their separate journeys across the massive icescape, the explorers encounter a series of imaginative mythological and archetypal creatures, both real and imagined - from shadow puppet dinosaurs and deer backpacks to two larger-than-life Yeti in their hydraulic-powered ice cave home - who tell their unique stories about different kinds of love.
The poetic new production features: a live original score composed and performed by one-man band The Lonesome Organist simultaneously playing accordion, banjo, fiddle, piano, drums and more; fantastic child aerialists from Aerial Dance Chicago accompanied by an adult professional aerialist; award-winning break dancers who have performed their uniquely Chicago style of dance across the world; a shadow puppet show designed with intricate silhouettes by Andrea Everman; wild, shaggy Yeti costumes designed by Shoshanna Utchenik; an original song about the power of love written by acclaimed playwright Seth Bockley; Chicago West Community Music Center, a community-based youth choir of skilled teens from the West Side including a 10-year-old harpist; and artwork created by After School Matters teens.
Winter Pageant's poetic love stories were inspired by real-life stories collected by Redmoon's Katrina Flores and youth mentor/performing artist Jarius King. Flores and King interviewed Chicagoans across diverse neighborhoods, backgrounds and ages, who were encouraged to share a personal story about "the grand love that changed their life."
As they enter Redmoon's gargantuan Spectacle Hall, Winter Pageant guests will be transported high above the cloud line to the tip of a glacier, which has transformed Redmoon's massive space into a world of ice, snow and northern lights. Spectators are invited to watch the spectacle from the bleachers or find a seat on the snowy white "lawn." Guests who arrive early can enjoy treats and participate in an art activity and, most importantly, gather 30 minutes before the show to learn a song or dance and perform an original moment in the show. Kids of all ages - yes, this includes excited adults - are invited to join the 40 performers in the show to create an original fable for and by the people of Chicago.
And after the show, families are invited up onto the glacier to enjoy desserts and snacks with the cast and crew, see the massive, intricate set in more detail, and learn more about the puppets and objects used in the production - a Redmoon performance tradition beloved by all.
Winter Pageant 2014 was co-created by Will Bishop, Jillian Gryzlak and Frank Maugeri, directed by Will Bishop with Katrina Flores and art directed by Jillian Gryzlak with live original music by The Lonesome Organist.
Single tickets are priced at $25 for adults, $15 for kids 3-18 years old, and free for kids under 3. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Redmoon Box Office at 312-850-8440 x123 or online at www.redmoon.org. Discount group rates for 10 and more are available through the Box Office.