Family Fun

Lightwire Theater’s “Dino-Light” Brings the Prehistoric Back to Life

Behold Lightwire Theater’s whimsical tale of man and his dinosaur in its first longform dance production.

Photo Courtesy of Lightwire Theater

How do you dance at the speed of light? Just ask Lightwire Theater.

Back in 2012, this dance troupe went all the way to the semifinals on America’s Got Talent thanks to its remarkable light and puppetry technology. Dino-Light is the group’s first longform production, which tells the story of a scientist who revives a dinosaur. The two establish a close bond before the beloved reptile wanders away from home and engages with a colorful cast of creatures that shed light (pun intended!) on the ways of the world

Lightwire Theater
Photo courtesy of Lightwire Theater

The characters are giant glow-in-the-dark puppets made from recycled materials, including election signs, skateboard wheels, and fishing poles, then lined with electro-luminescent wire and brought to life by dancers. The effect is one of illuminated movement. Throw in exciting, catchy music, and it’s no surprise why Dino-Light was a recipient of the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation Grant.

Why You Should Go: Except for very small children (who might be scared by the dinosaur) or kids with sensitivities (the theater is dark for the duration, with pulsing lights), everyone in your family will likely love this crowd-pleaser.

Symphony Space
2521 Broadway (at West 95th Street), Upper West Side
Saturday, March 17
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Have a dynamite Dino-Light day on the UWS with your family! We’ll take care of the planning—all you have to do is show up.