By Royal Victoria Hall at 12:08 on 18/01/14
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Imagination knows no rules…the fantastical life of illusionist Georges Méliès.
A journey through the life and times of cinema's most imaginative pioneer. Méliès astounding images entranced audiences in pre-war France and still inspire today, think the Mighty Boosh, Scorcses's film "Hugo" and the recent silent movie "The Artist".
Experience the magic of a full-mask and puppet performance from acclaimed theatre company, Strangeface, with this fantastical new show. Through a series of surreal and comic scenes, the life of French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès, will be bought to the stage before of your very eyes.
Méliès combined his passions for magic and the moving image to create the first ever special effects to be seen on film. His astounding images entranced audiences in France and still inspire today; most notably in the Mighty Boosh and Martin Scorsese's film 'Hugo'. Strangeface ingeniously transports the trickery of cinema to real time revealing how Méliès escaped his fate as a boot-maker to make fantasy, science fiction masterpieces such as 'The Impossible Voyage' and 'A Trip to the Moon'.
Having earned fame and fortune for his pioneering cinema, Méliès' career then suffered a devastating blow as others, Thomas Edison among them, began to use his ideas. He eventually had to close his New York office, sell his film stock and give up his Paris studio to be used as an army hospital during WW1. Strangeface cleverly tells the tale of Méliès' fascinating life through a series of unreliable and often surreal dreams.
Accompanied by a live musical score and original projections, this piece of theatre highlights how used to film effects we have become but how amazing they are to see live in real time.
Both mask theatre enthusiasts and those who have never experienced mask theatre before will be amazed, entranced and moved by the way the characters come alive to convey this fantastical tale of illusion, film and fame.
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2014