Darwin The Dinosaur”

A glow-in-the-dark adventure


  • Categories: Children, Theater
  • Event posted: April 7, 2009
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

The Lied Center, Black Hills Energy and Learning Quest present Darwin The Dinosaur, an innovative blackout theatre experience, featuring larger-than-life, glow-in-the-dark crayon drawing-like characters.

Darwin tells the story of Professor Henslow, a famous scientist with magical powers who creates a dinosaur from pieces, and then brings him to life. Henslow’s creation, Darwin the tyrannosaurus—a wild and primitive animal—explores his environment and encounters different living creatures along the way. Because the scientist thought to construct a heart for Darwin, the dinosaur has the ability to feel compassion for other beings, ultimately leading to the evolution of his own heart.

Darwin The Dinosaur is performed in the dark, using bright electroluminescent wire (EL wire) on costumes and inventive puppet forms. Electroluminescent wire is a thin, flexible copper wire coated in a phosphorescent substance which glows when AC current is applied to it. EL wire glows in a variety of different colors at a high efficiency—a few hundred feet of EL wire can run on two AA batteries for hours.

Darwin co-directors, co-creators and co-choreographers Ian Carney and Corbin Popp of CORBIAN Visual Arts and Dance are committed to bringing new theatrical experiences to people everywhere. Through a unique combination of puppetry, dance, storytelling and technology, CORBIAN strives to rethink conventional theatre. The two performers are dedicated to presenting high quality performance with education in arts and science.

Carney and Popp originally met as dancers in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Movin’ Out. They discovered their mutual love of art, theatre and technology, and created CORBIAN to develop puppetry-based creatures, educational workshops and original theatre.

Recommended for those age 7 and up.

Adult $20

KU Student $8

Child $8


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