Shadow puppetry, or shadow play, is one of the oldest forms of puppetry in the world. Historians believe that shadow puppetry began thousands of years ago, as there are references to the art form found in texts throughout the ancient cultures of the world. In many ways, shadow puppetry can be viewed as the origin of modern cinema techniques. To celebrate this ancient and captivating art form, Houston’s own Jones Hall for the Performing Arts is hosting Shadowland, a one-of-a-kind performance which combines modern acrobatic dance with shadow puppetry. Tickets to this enigmatic show are sure to go fast, but luckily we have an exclusive offer for HOTC readers offering discount tickets to Shadowland. Don’t let them slip away!

Shadowland is the brainchild of American modern dance company Pilobolus. Since 1971, Pilobolus has performed over 100 choreographed pieces in over 64 countries and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007. Pilobolus specializes in pieces which feature physical interactions between dancers and often include acrobatic or athletic exaggerations and contortions of the human form.

In Shadowplay, Pilobolus has created a one-of-a-kind show that tests the limits of human physicality and expression in order to tell a story about two lovers and their fateful quest to save a magical bird. The show uses animation, video, live shadow theater, and traditional dance choreography to tell a story combining elements of science fiction, romantic comedy, and even film noir.

Tickets to this groundbreaking show usually run from $40.25 to $97.50, but currently has them starting at just $25. All it takes is a free Goldstar membership which you can sign up for using any email address or Facebook account and you can score big discounts on the hottest things to do in Houston like Shadowland.

Shadowland will be at Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 12, 2019. Showtime is 7:30 pm. For more information visit the Society for the Performing Arts’ website.