A gothic melodrama, a puppet show, a slide show, a shadow play set to live jazz, and a behind-the-scenes look at how the magic is made: Ada/Ava is all that and more. In a CGI era, the Manual Cinema artists' collective uses paper cutouts, transparencies, and overhead projectors to tell a haunting tale of elderly twins separated by death- or perhaps not. The New York Times wrote Ada/Ava is "an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty."
PRE-SHOW TALK: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 6:30 PM
Aileen Robinson, a Stanford expert in the history of stage technologies and illusionism, discusses the work of Manual Cinema and the history behind its stunning effects.
The program will last approximately one hour and will be performed without intermission.