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‘America’s Got Talent’ shadow dancers Catapult will captivate Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 12

‘America’s Got Talent’ shadow dancers Catapult will captivate Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 12
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From a press release:

Shadow dance company and “America’s Got Talent” finalists Catapult will perform at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. All seats are just $10, plus applicable fees, thanks to underwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company, though it’s really a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, storytelling, and sculpture. Founded in 2009 by Adam Battlestein, the choreographer, creative director, and master teaching artist for the Pilobolus Dance Theatre for 19 years, Catapult catapulted to fame on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the hit NBC television show.

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Audiences don’t believe their eyes as they watch these incredible dancers become a mountain, a full-size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window, and people inside the window.

No one can figure out how they do it, and no one knows what they will make next – audiences are surprised and delighted again and again. People of all ages love what appear to be effortless transformations and applaud over and over as more and more unbelievable images appear.

Catapult’s “Magic Shadows” show is packed with hundreds of shape transformations, and it is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories. There are eight fully realized stories told through music and shadows and six short shadow dance videos that play between the live dances – brief moments of poetry or humor that perfectly cleanse the palate and prepare the audience for their next shadow journey. Audiences leave this show dazed and happy, and they will never look at their own shadow the same way again.