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Tuesday, 6 November 2012
The Parlotones: ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’
South Africa rockers The Parlotones will be releasing the live recording of their
rock theatre production “Dragonflies & Astronauts’.
‘Dragonflies & Astronauts' is a rock theatre production which was developed
complete with storyline, sets and characters revolving around the greatest hits
of The Parlotones. ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’ wove a narrative through the
band’s catalogue, including 16 songs that were Top 40 hits in South Africa. The
landmark production integrates some of the more theatrical elements The
Parlotones have become known for in their music videos and to some degree in
their more recent performances. In the tradition of performers like David Bowie
and Pink Floyd, the creative crew of the show has spun a futuristic, science
fiction yarn which will form the backbone of the visualisation and
storytelling, using the band’s numerous hits as well as some of their more
obscure recordings as the soundtrack for a sci-fi rock opera. Audiences will be
able to indulge their senses when they experience The Parlotones playing their
songs live as a theatrical performance unfolds on stage. Set in the future in a
world ruled by three dictators, where fear of apocalypse has eliminated every
discordant voice and all passion, the sci-fi tale follows our heroine - an
alien visitor - who falls to this planet and is discovered by a young man who
immediately falls for her.The space
creature’s untouchable beauty is so spectacular that all are entranced by her
and the three dictators are driven by the idea of being able to possess her.
They present her with offers of wealth, power and knowledge but she remains
unmoved. To maintain order in their world, they decide to isolate her from all
others on a distant moon. Our story’s anti-hero is so overcome by the loss of
his true love that he risks his life and, with no hope of returning to his
home, he follows her into space. The double CD features 24 studio versions of
the all the tracks that were used in the ‘Dragonflies & Astronauts’ theatre
production as well as a DVD of the ground-breaking performance. A Blu-ray and
3D Blu-ray will also be released. In true Parlotones style it will be the first
3D release of a concert in Southern Africa.