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Caws & Effect

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This new shadow theatre production from Vancouver’s mighty Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. — the brains behind the fringe hit Against Gravity — is a beautifully wrought environmental cautionary tale, told from a crow’s eye view.

Through layered cut-paper projections, puppetry, masks and an original score, Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel create a whimsical live-action storybook that’s mesmerizing. In their hands, craft materials become enterprising earthworms and beating crows wings and starry galaxies and post-apocalyptic cityscapes strewn with garbage. The ingenuity and artistry on display is breathtaking. (The show is also expertly choreographed; Gabriel and Ziner, engaged in a kind of pas de deux, execute their intricate projections without tripping over each other or distracting from the show.)

Caws & Effect is a good story lovingly told. It’s amazing what magic can be created with two overhead projectors and a little imagination.

— Jen Zoratti

 

From the Fringe program:

The crows are re-dreaming the world! Is the future all it's cracked up to be?

Mind of a Snail's new large-scale shadow theatre production is an exploration of survival and extinction from a bird's eye view. Funny, beautiful and unique with handmade layered projections, puppetry, masks and original music.

From the creators of Against Gravity:

"a blast" - Winnipeg Free Press

"beautiful to behold" - CBC

"inventive & ingenious" - Plank

Audience Classification: General

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Weekday Matinee, Fringe Performers, Unemployed

Warnings: None

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