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The Living Canvas: Performance

Reviews of past productions

"Intriguing and fanciful... feast for the eyes." -- Hedy Weiss, Sun-Times

"Intensely peculiar and mesmerizing... It's riveting." -- Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"Pete Guither's high-def projections of intricate patterns across naked actors is eye candy on the order of a laser-light show..." -- Time Out Chicago

"I didn't know what I attended, but it was definitely one of the most courageous, most creatively uninhibited, most theatrical boundary-pushing events that I saw this year in the city." -- From the Ledge

"The visual spectacle of dancers bathed in vividly-hued abstract patterns as they execute their kinetic activities unfettered by restrictive garb, the resulting effect being that of nude humans clothed in lighted pictures.... intellectual, as well as sensory stimulation." -- Windy City Times

"Sensual and visceral performance art piece done with craft and good taste." -- Chicago

"Guither, joined by director/choreographer Vanessa Passini and The Living Canvas have brought to the National Pastime Theater a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance powerful enough to make even Shakespeare red in the cheeks." -- Newcity Chicago

"Pete Guither's vivid, colorful abstract images are projected onto the performers' bodies. The visual effect is mesmerizing... Lots of nice asses" -- Chicago Reader

"Stoners, Dali fans, sensualists of every stripe, this show's for you. Sober or otherwise, you'll find the visual pleasures of Guither's idiom considerable." -- Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader

"'The Living Canvas' is as powerful as it is beautiful. Pete Guither has once again made his mark on modern theatre, this time pushing the envelope of artistic creativity to new realms with the latest rendition of his own creation, The Living Canvas - Demons. As part of National Pastime Theatre's Naked July Festival, Guither ingeniously showcases his ability to intertwine the beauty of the naked body with flowing motion, mesmerizing projections and a riveting storyline that invokes a wide range of emotions." -- Buzz Magazine

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