Review by Wanda Castelnuovo, Teatro.org
Watching Firefly, nothing more natural, indeed inevitable to think of Momix in whose group he was 'militarily indoctrinated' in 2001 as a dancer and as an assistant (Moses Pendleton) Anthony Heinl, now artistic director, choreographer and dancer of the new group he founded and consists of eight dancers and since September 2008 has been called eVolution dance theater. Trained at the School of Dance and Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory, Heinl has a rich career studded with excellent results and great success when in 2006 he left Momix to move permanently to Italy. We were wrong, however, to think or assume imitations of Momix in this new company , it is clear now that there is a clear willingness to own and express personal creativity through the realization of some of them very impressive numbers for the nuances of fantasy and imagination, for dreamlike and hovers there for the humor that underlies some parts as in the picture with two young men who move almost Siamese twins. It is not a narrative show, but would like to express a feeling of speed, time and magnitude. A cocktail of dance, acrobatics, physical theater, video art and scenic effects and high-impact technical and rarely seen in a theater but rather on the small screen: pirouettes, turns ... bodies imbued with energy that is expressed through a large air mattress on which, partly reversing gravity, hover, wind and disjointed, composing in a magical charm that is fun and fascinating figures involving children and adults. And the little present have confirmed my view that such a show created with the intention of surprise can catalyze their full attention to making buildings and transporting them in the magic dimension - besides the artists also created by lights and colors in motion - a world mysterious people of unknown and fascinating creatures. Well done all the artists who train several hours and that offer a contagious zest for life that explodes in the last overwhelming picture. Given the 03/02/2011 in Assago (MI) Theatre: Teatro della Luna (formerly Allianz Teatro)
Review by Diego Papadia, the Democratic
Firefly: When the illusion becomes reality
I never thought of being able to observe similar optical effects in a live theater, we are used to seeing them on a cinema screen, or images. One thing is certain: Anthony Heinl - the man who takes care choreographing, staging, sets, costumes and lighting - is ready to surprise, showing that man, thanks to the ability of your body, can create special effects that can compete with those of Hollywood. The Teatro della Luna, it offers the best places to enjoy the show. It starts with five huge balls, which - thanks to a play of light colored - eyes become huge tellers: a very interesting metaphor, inviting the viewer to use the view carefully to enjoy the great game that is about to begin. Several changes that make the show. It is worth to mention them all: - The eyes are transformed into particles of sodium from which emerges a head, then in red blood cells with one arm and then in mythological creatures (half man half snails), which is transported by music transcendental dance moves. - The duet very specific: the dancers are forced together in an adversarial relationship between arms and legs. - On a dark background, moving athletes dressed in black with neon stripes: we see a woman flying, a man full of colorful balls, a big red mouth, a sheet of paper with ink stains made of real people and rabbits exuberant . - On a screen that transmits video relaxing, shadows of dancers dance to form dream imagery and compelling - On a canvas are drawn with the light fantastic performances, in which the human body reaches infinite length. This is FireFly. And although the dancers, who are also great athletes are found to sometimes tricky because of the costumes or the dark (it must not be at all easy to dance in these conditions), manage to shine through to their great passion and skill in their elegant movements and refined. We are facing what might be called literally "dance troupe, for two reasons: the first is that these guys always have their faces covered, and therefore the dance for each other aware of their small (but important) role in the mosaic of the show, the second is that "body" means the physical and the ability to demonstrate it is possible to achieve, and why not, beyond their limits in conjunction with a trusted companion. Very fascinating is the use of light colors, lights, glow effects, gradients, shadows and trails. Nothing is left to chance. Firefly is a show that turns on the mind and eyes curious, clever and concerned adults and children for two hours of pure amazement at the end, many can now say that dreaming is good.
Review by Dario Paladini
The magic of illusion, the allure of the dance, and the suggestion Miracles of the theater: all this and more has created the magical amalgam of Fire Fly on Tuesday evening has bewitched the audience of the Teatro Comunale, which in turn paid tribute to the triumphant tribute to the choreographer and Anthony Heinl dall'Evolution Dance Theater, creators and producers of the event. Then won a challenge, if not swept, to present an original show and very different compared to "normal" programming. The individual paintings that have taken place on the stage have made it the best mix of music, the hypnotic, kaleidoscopic play of chiaroscuro (light and shadow are complementary to each other) and bodies in motion. The eight dancers, four men and four women have appeared as eight monads plastics, rubber almost at the service of staging. And now appeared in the series, one after another, strange shapes, like a magical bestiary: from giant eggs (sometimes even scary eyes colored) are checked first and then heads to form arms, with two eggs overlapping immense pins. Then again, in a phantasmagoric jungle, strange figures of hominids, sometimes on all fours, or a monster mollusc from the arms and legs mo 'of inflatable tubes (a kind of Michelin man fell from who knows what galaxy), or elastic snakes light or a creature and anthropomorphic zebra jumping hours, flying hours, now float. One of the wonders of the Fire Fly is precisely to overcome the force of gravity and this is when the body loses its relative importance, and seems to move in the water, or slow, but always in a constant different from the ordinary space-time. Italo Calvi, in his American Lectures, presented to the literature of the new millennium, the lightness as a peculiar trait. Well, Fire Fly seems to have taken literally the proposal and have it transformed into a mainstay of its aesthetic. But there have been times when the craft made it to the dance master. The pas de deux, flawless technical point of view, or the ironic duet between the two conjoined twins connected at the back. Nor am I missing the circus-style stunts: jumps, spins, twists, real games, sometimes even children - the hominid of bright ball with small balls that you stick on him and made him more visible, before it was swallowed by an elastic mouth. Finally, a kind of pen that has drawn on a black background, the outlines of a forest as a drawing of a child, before the title credits, the name of the show, he also knows that the light signature trademark. And then applause, long and well-deserved, as if the public did not want to return to the foggy reality of everyday life. The magic is over? No, only suspended, only delayed, as the Phoenix, ready to begin again.
Review by Debora Banfi, artevarese.com
Even the rabbits dream of Firefly
Teatro della Luna Milano Firefly, the company presented a show dedicated to the illusion of dreams and fantasy The dreams that you see - The ability to twirl free to move in perfect harmony - with the force of gravity is ruled out with rules based on physicality. Every gesture is sinuous, each step becomes an expression of absolute balance. The possibility of a cot, protected by a soft shell. A pillow designed by the imagination and perfectly capable of representing the desire for security, stability. The ability to discover in the perfect blend to our ego, our bodies and our minds. Have a chance of becoming reality, dreams Firefly. La Compagnia acrobatic dance, from Thursday to Sunday that it performed at the Teatro della Luna of Milan, has staged representation of the dream. It did so enhancing the capacity of the eight artists athletic players with complete mastery of circling in the air, jumping with energy and harmony on a soft mattress. Perfect acrobats able to mix the expressiveness of dance with the physical skills of a well-trained sportsman. Thus, showing scenes attention to every detail and is designed to highlight the indisputable talent of Firefly to express their talent - through the momentum from the ground quickly leads to experience the charm of the flight, the show offered at the Teatro della Luna gave the public a valuable and unique opportunity: to see dreams, to give them a materiality finding that - even though each person may interpret them differently - the feelings and emotions are the same for everyone. Countless actors of the scene: the soft feeling of security and neglect, the bizarre perception of real-life situations through the eyes of the imagination, the absolute harmony in the fusion of different colors - perfectly blended and able to shake the emotions. No one was missing in the show Firefly: latex balloons in which the cradle is a man with his thoughts. Unusual creatures that move from disproportionate in freedom. Slender bodies that - fast moving and totally natural - violate any laws of physics. There also were the rabbits, the protagonists of the ultimate fantasy. In a lively and cheerful ballet, are shown in colorful clothes and fun with quirky movements .. but perfectly coordinated. These are the dreams that you see the stars of the show Firefly. Info - Dance, acrobatics, theater and video art come together in the show Firefly. They are small scenes that follow one another to represent in words - colors and music, the enchanted world of the choreographer dreamed by.Anthony Heinl creator of this masterpiece all to admire.
Review by Monica Papagna, Afetrsix Milan
FireFly: contemporary dance signed Evolution Dance Theatre
Anthony Heinl has worked for 6 years with Momix and, when he realized that it was timeto unplug the cord, the company has created Evolution Dance Theatre, which is touring with theshow FireFly. One might then imagine a priori a performance very similar to that of Momix, but not so. FireFly has a specific identity and a dance performance in the more contemporary sense of the word. Not acrobatic dance as you might expect, the dancers are not only gymnasts that harness the power in amazing physical stunts that link to stun the viewer. FireFly a show where the dancers dance. And do it superbly. You earn the attention of the viewer with seemingly simple movements with and without excess. With grace and talent are able to alternate pictures fun and exciting. A show not only for contemporary dance, but also for the technology used. The dancers use the Video Art to communicate even more powerful. Lights and shadows are center stage in a tangle of lines that create the space with light and movement. And the result is often a sort of work of art, which you could place in any gallery in the world. A praise to the soundtrack, which perfectly accompanies the movements of the dancers.