What it is: The Aluminum Show is a new performance combining movement, dance and visual theater unique to the stage. Through the use of special effects, creative mechanisms and acrobatic dance, inanimate objects come to life with energy, emotion and even personality, as silver industrial materials create a luminous and reflective world.
What kids will like: This show is definitely one pre-tweens and older would enjoy. There were several segments throughout the performance where the audience became part of the show.
Oversized “space pillows” were tossed into the audience and were tossed and bopped about much like beach balls. This definitely got the kids going. A little later on, the stage was filled with snake-like tubing which seemed to grow and grow and extend out into the audience. These tubes, which eventually extended to the back of the theater, creeped me out for a moment because they reminded me of a scene in War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, when the aliens sent a telescopic “eye” into a building to look for any remaining inhabitants on earth.
There was a factory scene where the dancers were inflating various sized space pillows. Before we knew anything, they had constructed a 20-foot or taller “spacebot” that came to life, much like marionettes. The spacebot walked out into the audience and at times leaned over the crowd. There were a few screams, but much applause at how this creature was maneuvered about.
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What parents will like: After somewhat of a slow start, the music and action picks up and holds your attention to the end. The music was energetic and fun with a “technotronic meets tribal drums” sound.
The Aluminum Show is a cast of dancers who dance and move about inside collapsible tubing that looks much like a slinky, made from a metallic “space” material. The cast did a great job at making these slinky-looking creatures come to life.
There were times that lights of different colors shown out of the tubes almost as if to show emotion and to represent gender. This was the case in the beginning of the show when two slinky tubes, one with a blue light (male) and one with a pink light (female), had a baby. Soon after, there was an invasion of slinky tubes with red lights that separated the baby tube from its parents. It was found by a “human” who helps the baby tube, through various adventures, find its parents. The baby tube is later reunited with its parents.
It was delightful to hear children’s laughter from time-to-time in response to some comical moments in the show.
Near the end of the show, silver and gold metallic paper confetti was blown about over the audience. Young and old alike were jumping up trying to catch the pieces of paper. The theater looked like a snow globe. Everyone had a great time.
Good to know: With the loud music and audience interaction at times, I would not recommend this show for children under age five. A smoke machine was used during this performance.
The Aluminum Show When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28 Where: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Cost: $22-$44 Info: www.basshall.com www.aluminum-show.com