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 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.
Will the fork ever find its love? Will the spoon find its true place in the universe? Expect toothbrush on hairbrush violence, pens at work and spray bottles who are the gatekeepers to a mystical face.