A Journey Through Time and Space: Pageant of the Masters Review

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08 July, 2019 By David Cowan

Where would you go and what would you see if you had all of time to choose from? The Pageant of the Masters answers this question with this year’s theme, The Time Machine. Taking their cues from the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, The Time Machine follows an unnamed traveler as he rockets through time experiencing everything from the great works of art in history to the industrial revolution before viewing the arguable pinnacle of human achievement, the landing of Apollo 11 on Earth’s moon.

Despite having all of time to choose from, our time traveling protagonist seems to have an affinity for the second industrial revolution to the modern era, with many works showcasing the progress that humanity is making toward one another. A segment of culturally diverse bronze sculptures by Malvina Hoffman designed to showcase “The Races of Mankind” for the Chicago World’s Fair is particularly inspired.

Equally deserving of praise is the ensembles work on a Georges Seurat’s “Les Poseuses”. Seurat, who is best known for his use of pointillism, would be difficult to mimic under normal circumstances but the idea of making a 3-dimensional representation of his work should be near impossible, and yet the Pageant’s crew pulls off this amazing feat with ease.

Modernism and advancement were a notable theme this year both in the tableaux and in the pageant itself. Expertly tying in the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Norman Rockwell’s “The Final Impossibility” takes our heroic astronauts out of the frame and offers a few moments in the infinite quiet of space before slowly fading out to the dark side of the moon.

Advancements in special effects off of the stage added a little punch to the show which helped to engage the audience. Flying saucers, laser lights, and swimming fossils are sights to look forward to this year and whet an appetite for pageants in years to come. 
For tickets to the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, go to www.foapom.com.  


David Cowan
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Twitter: @thatdavidcowan


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