Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Wings Of Darkness
This visually stunning and culturally rich local production makes a poetic and powerful statement about identity and belonging.
Written and directed by veteran actor Columpa Bobb and featuring a stellar 10-person cast, it uses animalistic characters to retell the aboriginal legend of our fall from grace, at a time when the Legged and the Winged nations of Earth battled for dominion of the earth and sky.
Bat (Leith Clark), is halfway into both worlds, but the Legged, led by Human (Shawn Kowalke), see only his wings and the Winged, led by Eagle (Ryan Black) see just his fur. Banished by both sides, Bat becomes the “other,” and schemes to keep them at war.
The set and the West Coast aboriginal-inspired masks are beautiful, and the actors embody the creatures with a graceful force. Bobb’s understated script challenges us to consider our own capacity for change, and for lasting peace.
— Carolin Vesely
From the Fringe program:
What do you do if you are caught in the middle of a territorial dispute over sky and Earth between two nations who believe they are solely entitled to own it all?
Bat gives in to his pain and threatens to turn Eagle and Human's greed into an all-out war between the Legged and Winged nations of the Earth.
Who will stop the bloodshed now? Part fantasy, part cultural legend, "Wings of Darkness" is a very human tale of greed, prejudice and war for profit.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors
Updated on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM CDT: