Imago: Zoozoo


Imago: Zoozoo

Thursday, April 11, 7:30PM, Concert Hall
Imago Theatre’s shows have been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique yet accessible French-influenced avant-garde playground. Quite a picture that conjures! Imagine all of that with penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters, and a madcap revue of illusion. That’s Zoo Zoo, the critically acclaimed mix of dance, design, circus, music, text and illusion that has inspired audiences nationwide.

Imago: Zoozoo
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$30, $25, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

“Theater like this opens the eyes to the possibilities of exploration in the vast realm of imagination.”

New York Times

8 Replies to “Imago: Zoozoo”

  1. First I would like to say thank you very much to the Fine Arts Center for the tickets I won to the show, my granddaughter who is 4 and step grandson who is 2 were laughing the whole time and captivated by what was happening on stage. My daughter who was feeling under the weather attended and it helped lift her spirits. The seats were fantastic. I look forward to next years line up.

  2. Sorry to say it, but this show was a disappointment. Cute animal costumes in some of the pieces, but beyond those, very few artistic ideas were expressed in the overly-simple, repetitive presentation. All around us, the adult members of the audience were leaving, sometimes even during the actual performances. In the recent past, the FAC presented Cirque Mechanics in two different shows which were each inventive and delightful to audiences of all ages. That’s just one example of good programming for a broad demographic. We regret that we haven’t seen anything of that quality, including Imago Zoo Zoo, in this season’s offerings.

  3. I, alas an adult, had mixed reviews on the performance. I definitely thought it a wonderful presentation for young children as the humor and costumes were right up their alley as well as thoughtfully benign. There were some magnificent moments: the eyes in Bugeyes, the dancing in Paper, the movements in Larvabatic; and some very humorous and creative costumes: the anteaters, the cats, the hippos, the Paper. But some of the acts were just not interesting to me and seemed similar to other acts: the Polar Bears, the Frogs. Overall, I am glad I saw this, and I appreciate the Fine Arts Center for an endless array of amazing performances over the years.

  4. The kids in the audience obviously loved ZooZoo unconditionally and laughed with great anticipation during the long theatric pauses used through out the performance. The costumes and masks were well done and amusing. However, as an adult, I hoped for more variety, and creative movement from each scene, which often presented the same idea and movement with different costumes. The last scene, Paper, demonstrated the great talent and ability the five actors have. I only wish the rest of the show could have been done in such a way as to incorporate their amazing acrobatic ability and graceful dancing.

  5. Pretty much of a stinker…we have enjoyed a variety of shows for three years because of the level of wit and creativity but this one was tedious and uninspired.

  6. The show had some very cute and imaginative sequences, and the accompaning music was lively and fun. My favorites were the bug eyes and the anteaters, but honestly for the price of the tickets, both adult and children, it was short on interest overall.
    I have seen exceptionally high quality performances under the FAC stewardship, but sadly this was not the shinning moment We had all hoped for…..

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