Dark City

The 2008 San Francisco Renegades are proud to present Dark City, a production that sets the Renegades “character” in the world of the science fiction film noir of the same name written and directed by Alex Proyas. In Dark City, a mysterious race of alien beings called “The Strangers” use psycho kinetic powers to stop time and alter the city’s landscape and conduct experiments on unknowing humans.

The concept behind the Renegades show is that the musicians represent the Strangers, and the color guard represents the human citizens of Dark City. As in the film, the Strangers freeze time and change the “reality” three times throughout the show. The Renegades production is not a literal telling of the story from Dark City, but the Renegades paint the emotional landscape of three different realities in Dark City, each of which is preceded by the Strangers freezing time.

Act 1: Dark City – “Prologue to Evil,” which may be the most intense Renegades Opener to date, is an original composition by Key Poulan. This piece reflects the beginning of what is to come in the world of Dark City. “Prologue” then morphs into “Metamorphosis,” the drum feature written by Thom Shearer and Chris Corriea, which dances around highly driven drum beats, rhythmic writing, diverse timbre, and some highlighted soli sections. Rounding out the day is “Space Shuttle,” written by John La Barbera and arranged by Key Poulan. This groovin’ little jazz piece allows great interplay of brass and guard and represents daily city life before … reality changes

Act 2: Contention and Sorrow – “At Midnight, Everything Changes” is an original composition by Key Poulan based on the contention of two pivotal characters in Dark City. This contention leads to great sorrow as one of our characters is taken from the City during the rock power ballad, “Dust in the Wind,” by Kansas. Haunting melodies and visual nuance will leave the audience emotionally rendered in this epic ballad before … reality changes

Act 3: Revenge and Fortitude – “The Theme from Predator” develops this final act of intense battle and dismay before courageous strength of mind prevails into a celebration of light and rapture, with “Ave Maria.”

Within Dark City’s framework, towering skyscrapers project long shadows where light interplays between huge swaths of darkness. A deep, thick fog descends upon the streets and narrow alleys. Color guard members move slowly… intently… deliberately… from shadows into the light and back into darkness again. Is it real? Is this my imagination? Is this another dimension? Come join the 2008 Renegades and explore this realm that lies on the edge of reality.


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