With song, dance, music, and puppetry, Being Animal seeks ways to repatriate ourselves as citizens of the natural world … in order to survive as a species.
Sculpture Grove, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
Being Animal is about us: how what we do (or don’t do) does (or doesn’t) fit into the huge story happening every day in the natural world. Masked characters laugh, cry, work, love, hate, date, strut, and struggle through everyday events; a lone wanderer watches, waits and tries to connect. Does it happen? All this in the park on Granville Island amongst the trees, the seagulls, the water with added music, song, a creature of mystery and the dating game. The show was sparked by the book Becoming Animal by David Abrams which is about how we have forgotten to truthfully live in our world and speak its language.
“Along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us…” David Abrams.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Difference! Lots of it! In bodies, voices, movement and just about everything else. There will be little text in the show, as most of the story is told by expression, action and sound. You are going to see actors of great difference in body and mind doing things you would not expect, in places you would not expect, expressing events and emotions you will recognize as all of us.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The five planeteers come from all different parts of the world (notice that world DIFFERENT) to fight together to save the environment. They have the powers to control the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth & Wind, and a fifth special element: Heart. Environmentalism plus love, empathy and even telepathy. These superheros were built upon REAL people doing REAL things for the environment.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
There are so many amazing shows in the festival this year that we can’t pick just one – so we’ll tell you about two of them. Sam Mullins is back with a new show, Grandma’s Dead. We’ve loved all of his previous shows and can’t wait to see his take on the classic road trip story. We’re also inspired by the work of The Wonderheads, who are here with The Middle of Everywhere in their classic full face mask show about a journey through time and space to face one’s fears.
ber 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.