APRIL 7, 1997

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Movement duo creates magic

Imagination in Motion by Deborah Stone
The Meydenbauer Center's wonderfully intimate theatre has been hosting a series of performances called Family Stage '97 since the beginning of the year. High-quality shows with world-class performers are offered one week each month through May, with special school matinees, as well as public performances.
   Recently, Rajeckas and Intraub Movement Theatre brought their talents to this new theater, billing their show as Imagination in Motion. Paul Rajeckas and Neil Intraub have been likened to such modern vaudevillian artists as Bill Irwin and Anne Carleson. The two men, on a bare stage, incorporate movement, mime, and dialogue with music and various soundtracks to depict ordinary and extraordinary life events. Their use of humor and intelligence appeal to and connect with the audience's emotions.
   Rajeckas and Intraub work together with such ease and have such a finely-tuned physical and verbal partnering style, that it comes as no surprise to learn they have been together since 1979. The two have toured extensively in the U.S. and have developed educational residences, offering workshops to students of all ages.
   "Imagination in Motion" takes the audience on a series of experiences, from the escape of a boy within a video game to the amazing creation of a mechanical man. There is much audience participation and interaction, which delights children and adults alike. Both are in awe of the physical talents of the two actors and their ability to make difficult movements with ease.
   The house was only half-filled for the public performance Saturday afternoon. Word of this new premier performance space on the Eastside is just beginning to spread, and hopefully with time and exposure, the public will become aware of its offerings.
   Still to come for Family Stage '97 are Gayle LaJoye in Snowflake, the band Brave Old World, and Katherine Kramer's Tap Roots. For ticket information, call 292-ARTS.