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Curious Contagious ~ 55 mins. General Audience
A surreal quest into the microscopic innards of mythical beasts. This brand new show is in development! Watch for it at fringe festivals in the summer of 2016: London Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Winnipeg Fringe, Edmonton Fringe, Vancouver Fringe.
Caws & Effect ~ 50 mins. General Audience
Crows are re-dreaming the world. Is the future all it’s cracked up to be?
Large scale shadow theatre from a birds’s eye view. Funny, beautiful and unique, with handmade layered projections, puppetry, masks, & an original musical score. Watch a video trailer of the show here.
The critics are RAVEN!
★★★★★ “a gorgeous and wondrous work of art”-CBC
★★★★★ “a fantastical, unique experience” -Torontoist
★★★★★ “Calling it shadow puppetry doesn’t do this incredible show justice” -Edmonton Sun
★★★★★ “it’s stunning and hilarious to witness the wizardry these two artists spin with such simple elements” -Vue Weekly Edmonton
★★★★1/2 “a whimsical live-action storybook that’s mesmerizing” -Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★1/2 “Sweeping, impressionistic, and visually stunning” -Edmonton Journal
WINNER – Patron’s Pick, Winnipeg Fringe
WINNER – Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver
WINNER – Most Daring Show, London Fringe
WINNER – Producer’s Pick, London Fringe
WINNER – Patron’s Pick, Toronto Fringe
WINNER – Patron’s Pick, Edmonton Fringe
Gravity oppresses us all!
Part shadow puppet show and part live musical performance, Mind of a Snail’s “Against Gravity” is a mind-bending journey through a world filled with surprises. We meet anti-gravity protesters, an advice-giving snail and several near death experiences. Unlike a traditional shadow puppet show, the two performers of Mind of a Snail, Jessica Gabriel and Chloe Ziner, are both visible throughout the show. Using an overhead projector, Jessica projects colourful imagery onto a large screen while Chloe creates a live soundtrack with beat-boxing, guitar loops and help from the audience. Watch a video trailer of the show here.
“a blast” ⭑⭑⭑⭑1⁄2 Winnipeg Free Press
“beautiful to behold” ⭑⭑⭑⭑ CBC
“Dear Ocean, is this really the end? Forever yours, Plastic”
The show “Plasticity Now” is a visually stunning shadow theatre performance that is multi-layered, dark, and funny in an “a-ha!” way. There are three main characters: a plastic water bottle, the ocean, and “the spirit of plastic” who changes form over the duration of the piece. This is a story about time and energy, oil and water. The original musical soundtrack and all the puppets for this show are all made from waste plastic.
“Between the clever, cinematic segues, you forget that the images are made from reels of cut and reassembled trash dragged across overhead projectors.” Paul Constant, The Stranger, Seattle
“Filled with the wonder that first got me hooked on theatre” Plank Magazine, Vancouver
“There are many dangers along the way; ocean’s a busy place, a surprise in every bay!”
This is a shadow theatre piece about the journey of a mother gray whale and her calf. Using two overhead projectors layered with colourful backgrounds and intricately crafted puppets, Mind of a Snail tells a story about the yearly migration of the whales from the warm lagoons of Mexico, all the way up the coast to Alaska. We meet some musical hitchikers on the the back of the mother whale – a crew of beatboxing barnacles and “the Cyamid Kid,” a rapping whale louse who keeps us updated on the progress of the two whales.
“Within winter’s cold and deep, the sun is setting low; inside her den, a bear lightly sleeps, her body full, aglow…”
What does a hibernating bear dream about? Follow mother bear on an adventure through her imagination! This gentle and visually rich show was designed for a winter solstice celebration and is appropriate for the whole family. Here’s a video of excerpts from the show.
Dragon Swallows Moon is a shadow show set at the very beginning of autumn in a magical world similar to our own earth. After capturing a dragonfly, a child learns a lesson about the cycles of life from a pair of crows.
One of our strangest shows! Also known as “How the moon got its face.” A starry being is brewing a cauldron of ingredients. A running nose (it has feet), flying lips and two fishy eyes start out on separate paths – will they all end up together?
Inside Outlet ~ 35 mins. General Audience
A shadow show featuring everyday objects that is strange, poignant and funny. Will the fork ever find its love? Will the spoon find it’s true place in the universe? Expect toothbrush on hairbrush violence, pens at work and spray bottles who are the gatekeepers to a mystical face.
A Wetcoast Winter’s Eve ~ 15 mins. Family Audience
Winter rain is falling somewhere on the west coast of Canada. A child imagines exciting snowy adventures while waiting for soup to cool.
VanDusen Festival of Lights shows:
Rosehips & Paw Prints
Tea With Chickadee
The Moon Trilogy:
Collecting the Sky (Maiden)
Dear Child of Many Worlds… (Mother)
Moon of Pearl (Crone)
How to Build a Nest
Dream of a Tree
Cheese House in the Sky
The Mouse’s Garden
Stars of the Soil
The Most Beautiful Bug
Mini Shadow Stage
Junk Duck Roving
Big Face Masks
Giant Snail and Cosmic Custodian