EAC Emporia Arts Center

Special to The Gazette

The Emporia Arts Council will bring America’s Got Talent finalists, Catapult, to Emporia.

Catapult Entertainment will bring its show of shadow dancing to ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are on sale for $25 per adult and $13 per youth. They can be purchased online at www.emporiaksarts.org or at the Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial St.

Witness dance and acrobatics as you never have before. By showcasing the human body and its ability to transform, Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as the delicate human body transforms into a flower, and then morphs into a full-size helicopter right before your eyes. This show will capture the imaginations of young and old, and is recommended for all ages.

Catapult first caught the nation’s attention as finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2013. Claiming Heidi Klum and Howard Stern as two of their first fans, the group has been busy touring the globe capturing thousands of new supporters with their smash hit show of magic shadows. Catapult’s mystifying storytelling dance moves have been featured on Good Morning America, Conan, the Academy Awards and many other prestigious programs and events.

“We’re turning our bodies into lots of different things. That’s the fun,” Adam Battlestein, Catapult entertainment director and professional dancer, said. “It’s like a magic trick where you get to watch how it’s done, but you still don’t know how it’s done.”

Catapult’s theatrical touring production is not just a series of shape transformations. The show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories told through music and shadows. Between the delightful stories there are brief moments of poetry or humor which perfectly cleanse the palate and prepare the audience for the next shadow journey. No other company has Catapult’s proprietary technology for creating color shadows.

The Emporia Arts Council’s sponsors for Catapult are, major presenting sponsor, ESB Financial, underwriter, Clint Bowyer Autoplex and event partner, Edward Jones of Emporia.

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