Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppet duo currently based out of Vancouver B.C. Since 2003, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multi-layered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances combine originally crafted puppets, music, masks, and eclectic experiments in lighting and timing. Their “Compost-Modern” approach explores the interconnectedness between what is natural, what is artificial, and where everything blurs in between.
Mind of a Snail has created innovative shadow theatre for organizations around BC and beyond, including Dusty FlowerPot Cabaret’s 2011 Jessie nominated “Hard Times Hit Parade”, Public Dreams Society, The Secret Lantern Society, In the House Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, Still Moon Arts Society, Pacific Rim Whale Festival, Van Dusen Gardens, The City of Vancouver and many more.
Mind of a Snail’s show “Caws & Effect” won Patron’s Pick at both the Winnipeg and Vancouver Fringe Festivals in 2014, and recently was Producers Pick at London Fringe, Patron’s Pick at Toronto Fringe and Best of Fest at Edmonton Fringe 2015. Their show “Against Gravity” was accepted into the National Series at the Toronto Summerworks Festival in 2014. They are also recipients of the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Joanna Maratta Award for professional development.