Petunia and Chicken

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Animal Engine Presents “Petunia and Chicken” at Orlando Fringe.

From the creators of last year’s hit DARLINGS comes a 2 person epic prairie love story inspired by the works of Midwest author Willa Cather.
Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken’s world are brought to life with imagination, movement, and song.
Created and performed by Animal Engine Theatre Company Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher, with direction from frequent collaborator Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.
All performances in Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center)

Pilobolus: Shadowland

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Dr. Phillips Center Presents Pilobolus: Shadowland

Public On-Sale: 12 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Show times: 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $29.00
Walt Disney Theater

Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland is a first-of-its-kind performance combining legendary modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens of different sizes and shapes.

Shadowland tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for her independence, with nowhere for her thoughts to go but to her dreams. She sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow. Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland.

Shadowland was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and is propelled by a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer and film composer David Poe. And, it is a signature Pilobolus presentation with the fluid logic of a dream, the grace of an acrobatic dance, the humor of a child, and the heart of a love story; it celebrates the strange and wonderful power of the dark to illuminate us in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways.

2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Jennifer Real

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Many words are used to describe the musical stylings of Jennifer Real: powerful, soulful, sultry. But the most accurate may be the one given to her at birth: Real.

The New York native was practically ordained into music at birth.

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New Hampshire court rules in favor of ex-partner of girl’s birth mother

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled July 2 that the ex-partner of a 12-year-old’s girl’s mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law.

The unanimous ruling makes New Hampshire the fourth state in the country to extend similar parental protections to same-sex parents, including a parent with no biological tie to the child.

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France pushes back from teaching boy-girl equality

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PARIS (AP) – France is scrapping a plan to teach children the “ABCD of equality” between boys and girls after protests by some parents who feared it was a stealth effort to erase gender differences — a new example of the Socialist government’s failure to stick to its promises and a growing ability of conservative Catholics to weigh on policy.

A vocal minority has been increasingly influential in pushing back against France’s leftist government on a range of social issues. In recent months, it has succeeded in getting officials to delay approval of medically-assisted procreation for gay couples and abandon an environmental tax on long-distance trucks, and is lobbying against a drive to legalize euthanasia.

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