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