For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — A live multimedia adaption of the Kid Koala’s graphic novel “Nufonia Must Fall Live” will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The program is part of BU’s Celebrity Artist Series.
“Nufonia Must Fall” follows the story of an untalented, aging, music-loving T4 robot who falls in love with his human office mate, Malorie, and deals with his modern T5 robot nemesis.
This graphic novel will be brought to life on stage through a cast of puppeteers, miniature set designers, cinematographers, the award-winning Afiara String Quartet and Kid Koala, and directed by K.K. Barrett, known for his Academy Award-nominated production design for the 2013 Spike Jonze feature film, “Her.” The tiny performance will feature miniatures on dramatically lit sets and be performed in real time with multiple cameras projecting scenes.
Leading up to the production, there will be free lectures and presentations, including: “Building and Working with Miniatures and Miniature Art: The Art and Practice of Design,” “Rendering Miniatures to Full Size for Cinema and Stage” and Robotics in the 21st Century: The Psychology and Philosophy of Working with Automated Technology. A special art exhibit will focus on rendering graphic novels, comic books and anime.
Following the final curtain, D.J. Kid Koala will spin his unique blend of music in the Haas Center’s first “After Party.” This event is ticketed separately and has limited space.
“Nufonia Must Fall Live” is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets, $36 for adults and $18 for children and BU students, are available at the Haas Center box office. For tickets and more information about the performance, free lectures and presentations, call 570-389-4409.
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