Christine Marie and Ensemble

Signaling Arcana / 4 TRAINS

Sep 11 2013 - Sep 15 2013

“4TRAINS’ technical feat and sly humor make it an entertaining production, but the storytelling, sans dialogue, leaves the most lasting effect. Christine Marie evokes a nostalgia for the past, deftly using modern technology only to make the audience pine for the long-gone days of childhood.” -Kristina Bravo

Director and inventor, Christine Marie pairs with composer Dan Cantrell to create an extremely unique immersive large- scale cinematic shadow theater spectacle. Set in the American wilderness as 19th century industrialization looms, this expressionist story explores the theme of the railroad as it relates to the destruction of the environment and the imagination. Three 20’ screens capture the image of the train moving through lush landscapes as it crosses the continent. This innovative production includes select scenes with 3D stereoscopic effects creating the illusion of giant shadows “popping” out into the audience! A dynamic original live score featuring piano, cello and spacialized sound design will connect the antiquated railroad days with the mystical sounds of unchartered liminal space.

Through fourteen vignettes, the audience witnesses a young couple enjoying the last days of carefree frolic as structured time, toil and trade begin to intrude upon their solitude. As the surrounding landscape changes, their lives incur hardship as they come to terms with the loss of childhood and the destruction of natural resource. The production invites the audience to consider the current environmental crisis in a historical, universal and psychological context.