Dazzling and Unique Blend of Puppetry, Technology and Dance As Seen on America’s Got Talent
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to bring Lightwire Theater’s production of DiNO-LIGHT to the Coralville on Tuesday, November 11, with a public performance at 6:30pm and a special 12:30pm matinee for school groups.
Created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, DiNO-Light (also known as Darwin the Dinosaur) is a heart-warming original story that features a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. The story is told through electroluminescent puppetry, music, sound, and movement and has delighted children and adults around the world.
Tickets for the 6:30pm performance on Tuesday, November 11 are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under and are available online at coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Rec Center. Special group pricing is available for the 12:30pm matinee performance; those interested can learn more by calling 319.248.9372.
Corbian creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. They immediately connected over their mutual love of art, theater, and technology. After they discovered a product called EL wire, they developed puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality. “EL wire” is short for electroluminescent wire: unlike black lights, the technology can be powered by batteries and requires no theatrical lighting.
Based in New Orleans, Lightwire Theater rose to national prominence through its appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2012, where the group made it to the semi-finals, and has toured extensively. Lightwire Theater will be competing on the truTV series FAKE OFF, which premieres on October 27.
Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events. The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others. Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.