Unique Aluminum Show comes to Clayton Center
From Staff Reports
In its first full season, the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College has presented a wide variety of art forms and has drawn artists from around the world.
Of all that variety, none of the international performers is more exotic and sensual than one planned Friday night at the Clayton Center.
At 8 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, The Aluminum Show from Israel will take the stage at the center â€" take it and transform it into a surreal world of unique shapes, color, comedy and dance. Like Pilobolus, Stomp, Cirque de Soleil and The Blue Man Group, The Aluminum Show is unique, a new art invention that has never been presented in Tennessee before its Clayton Center appearance.
The performance defies description. In order to know what The Aluminum Show does and is, it is almost necessary to go to its website www.aluminum-show.com.
The show is a new performance combining movement, dance and visual theater. Through the use of special effects, creative mechanisms and acrobatic dance, inanimate objects come to life with energy, emotion and even personality, as silver industrial materials create a luminous and reflective world.
Clayton Center Director Robert Hutchens noted that the show seemed ideal for one of the original â€śaluminum cities,â€ť created by the Aluminum Company of America, the dominating industrial presence in Blount and surrounding counties since 1912.
â€śRecycled aluminum is a major theme of ALCOA Inc., so the company was especially interested in sponsoring this show and bringing it to our area,â€ť Hutchens said. â€śTo underscore this theme, the Aluminum Company has created three recycling stations in the Clayton Center for the Arts in order to help the center become an environmentally responsible facility.â€ť
The stations will be dedicated on the night of the performance, the concession stands will serve only in recyclable containers, and Christmas trees made of soft drink cans decorate the foyer of the center.