One of the most beloved (and most duplicated) albums of the twentieth century, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been adapted into endless forms of live entertainment, from kid-friendly laser-light half-time shows to the Flaming Lips' brain-bursting acid tests. So it only makes sense that the album would be adapted to another exceedingly popular transgenerational concept, Cirque Du Soleil, and sprinkled with a little voodoo and Mardi Gras for good measure.
“There is a very human story to Dark Side, and because of this I was able to visualize a group of characters that physically bring out the emotion in each song,” says Deena Marcum, creative director of The Cirque Side of the Moon: A Voodoo Mardi Gras Masquerade, which mixes acrobats, fire-dancers, burlesque and contortionists with the 1973 album played in its entirety by tribute band Wish We Were Floyd. “Since the album blends together as a full-length score, we are able to theatrically seam the show together,” she adds. “Dark Side deals with the human spirit and the challenges of life, and Mardi Gras is a day of irreverent self-expression and excess — using these themes, we are able to connect performance arts with music, and transition from the spiritual nature of Dark Side into a high-energy masquerade party.”
The Cirque Side of the Moon begins at 8 p.m. at Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut Street. Tickets are $25 in advance; for more information visit www.mothpoeticcircus.com.
Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m., 2013