Arts companies from Chicago and New Zealand return to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center this month for two theatrical performances at the Castle Theater in Kahului.
Chicago’s Lucky Plush Productions will present their pandemic-delayed performance Ice rink life on March 24 and New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theater will perform a new play, Paradise or the impermanence of ice, March 26. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 4 at 10:00 a.m. online only at MauiArts.org.
Lucky Plush Productions: Ice rink life
Ice rink life combines drama, physical comedy, postmodern dance, and social commentary with the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970s roller rink culture.
Ice rink life the staging and choreography are constructed from the spatial rules and social codes of a roller rink, and its script turned libretto – created from passing conversations, distant whispers, earworms of songs pop and found scripts – is fully spoken and sung live.
The performance features music from the Bee Gees, James Brown, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens and many more.
Ice rink life was created by Lucky Plush Art Director Julia Rhoads, with collaborating director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig and the seven-person ensemble of the work. This production, also directed by Rhoads, was originally scheduled to travel to Maui in March 2020 but was delayed by the onset of the pandemic.
Since its founding in 2000, Lucky Plush has created more than 30 original dance theater works, including 13 evening productions. In addition to performing regularly in Chicago, the company has performed in over 55 US cities and has international partners ranging from New Zealand to Cuba.
Indian Ink Theater Paradise or the impermanence of ice
Paradise or the impermanence of ice, the powerful new piece from Indian Ink by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, takes audiences on a wild ride to paradise. It’s about impermanence – life, love… and ice.
The production is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer film Denial of deathand the bustling, bustling chaos of India’s most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai.
Rajan delivers an acclaimed solo performance as he channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and a hint of Bollywood disco into the real-life mystery of India’s endangered vultures. A man desperately trying to avoid death is thrust into the limbo of his past where a rebellious young woman holds the key that could lead him to paradise. Infused with serious laughter, exquisite puppetry and inspired sound design, this show is guaranteed to entertain, enlighten and melt the hearts of audiences.
Indian Ink Theatre, one of New Zealand’s most successful theater companies with 13 national and international awards, was last at MACC in early 2020 when it presented Mrs. Krishnan’s Party.
Tickets for both shows are $30 and $45 plus applicable fees with a 10% discount for MACC members. Non-members can become members at MauiArts.org/membership.
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