Well here we are… careening on as the one year anniversary of the global pandemic approaches. There sure are lots of things still to grieve. Mostly i’ve been missing in person gatherings, shows, concerts, playshops, and all that was mostly my lifestyle and livelihood in the “before-times”. Grieving memories of when i was working and touring as a theatre artist. Sigh. But, all is not lost! I really want to share the continued thread of joy that has filled my creative and social void inside all this. Specifically the community collaborations with Mind of a Snail and the evolution of Shadowjam! to an online live stream platform. Shadowjam! is always something that has built community, and it continues to do so despite the physical distance. It surprises me how present it feels. Every Sunday evening from 7:30-10:30pm PST we host a real-time virtual connection place on twitch that actually really feels connected. It’s a community cauldron… collective story-making…an interactive art, music channel. All moods welcome. Participate directly or just hold space at the edges. Welcome to follow and join us! https://www.twitch.tv/mindofasnail
Multiple Organism is a genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
Multiple Organism March 19th-30th in the Vancity Culture Lab at the Cultch
1895 Venables Street Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
get tickets here: https://thecultch.com/events/multiple-organism/
“Daring … raunchy … ingenious” — VueWeekly Edmonton
Mar 19, 8PM: Preview
Mar 20, 8PM: Opening
Mar 21 – 23, 26 – 30, 8PM
Mar 23 – 24,30, 2PM
Post-show Artist Talkback: Mar 24, 26
60 minutes, no intermission
Created & Performed by Mind of a Snail: Jessica Gabriel & Chloe Ziner
The Moustache: Chloe Ziner
The Model: Jessica Gabriel
Buddy (The Body): Jessica Gabriel (torso) & Chloe Ziner (live video mouth)
Projection & Puppetry Design: Jessica Gabriel & Chloe Ziner
Sound Design: Chloe Ziner
Mouth Masks by Necesseteeth (Janessa Johnsrude)
Mind of a Snail CREATOR’S NOTES:
We often describe our shows as visual poems with narrative elements. We love metaphor, image-based puns and absurdity. At the core of our process is exploration and discovery. We spend lots of time in the studio following the “tingly” feelings: we’re looking for ideas that make us gasp, or laugh, or cry out!
We were playing around with live video projections on different surfaces when we discovered that we could use the human body as a projection surface—and we could make it talk! With this seed of an idea, around the same time we were having conversations about our relationships with gender, and our own bodies; how the weirdness and practicalness of our body in private can be so different from the body that is presented in public. We also did a lot of exploration with everyday objects that relate to the body. When we tried these objects on the overhead projector, we were both surprised by how easy it was to “project” gender onto the shapes of the items kept in our bathroom drawer. This, of course, is part of the magic trick of puppetry: puppetry doesn’t just take place on the stage, it happens inside our own minds. When an object moves a certain way, we fill in the blanks with thoughts and feelings that we imagine them having. It’s all interpreted by our own neurological patterns: through the empathy and prejudices we hold inside us. We don’t just do this with puppetry either—we do this all the time, with other human beings. We’re all just projections, man.
This is essentially a show about seeing and being seen. Multiple Organism needs an audience. It’s not just about what we are doing on stage, it’s about what’s going on in your head. As audience, what makes you more uncomfortable: Absurdity and ambiguity? Bodily functions? Pubic hair? Overt stereotypes and sexist harassment? A sudden violent death? What is hilarious? What is disgusting? Where do you draw that line?
We debuted this show the summer right before the #metoo movement took off. There’s a new conversation happening about sex and power right now. This show is our queer little contribution. We hope you see the humanity inside the objects we all are.
— Chloé & Jessica
MULTIPLE ORGANISM is Pick of the Fringe! That means there’s another chance to see it on Sunday at 6pm, at Performance Works on Granville Island.
This show is for ADULTS 18+
Tickets $25 available online: http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/multiple%20organism-%20pick%20of%20the%20fringe/events
★★★★★ “Daring … raunchy … ingenious” -VueWeekly
“The show’s freewheeling inventiveness, technical precision, visual and acoustic texture, and giddy transgressiveness make it a must-see for anyone who appreciates artistic risk—and wildly original success.” – Georgia Straight Multiple Organism review
WINNER – Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver
WINNER – Artistic Risk Award, Vancouver Fringe
WINNER – Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award
WINNER – Cultchivating The Fringe Award, Presented by The Cultch
Review from Colin Thomas:
September 9, 2017
“Yay bodies! Yay sex! Yay pooping!
In Multiple Organism, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel from Mind of a Snail Puppet Co., celebrate all the glorious weirdness of being embodied. And they throw in a generous spin on gender norms to boot.
In this wildly risk-taking and welcome new show, they tell the story of an objectified artists’ model who falls into the toilet with a couple of toothbrushes, and…Just wait. It’s worth it.
Their theatrical techniques are terrific. Using overhead projectors, they create a kind of wacky shadow puppetry. Like regular actors do, they also play characters, and, in a fantastically surreal device, they use their bodies as projection surfaces.
There is a kind of genius in the combination of abandon and skill that Ziner and Gabriel bring to this piece. Before this, I didn’t understand Mind of a Snail’s popularity. But I get it now. I am a Snailhead.”
Currently on tour with Mind of a Snail
We’re all just projections, man.
A surreal personal hygiene ritual. A dramatic sub-plot featuring an affair between brushes. Weirdness out the wazoo!
Mind of a Snail’s new shadow theatre show is a gender and genre-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+). Audiences can expect some bizarre and hilarious nudity (including using the nude body as a projection surface) and Mind of a Snail’s colourful, playful, and unique approach to shadow theatre performance.
A woman, tired of being objectified, steals a magical paintbrush and ends up getting flushed down the toilet with a pair of sentient toothbrushes. She must decide whether to follow her old internalized script, or release this script and love herself for who she really is.
The story is told using physical comedy, overhead projectors and live video projection. Also featured is an original musical soundtrack, composed and recorded by Chloe Ziner & Jessica Gabriel, the two creator/performers of MULTIPLE ORGANISM.