Wings Over Water: A Diasporic Chook Play reveals perch at Vancouver Fringe Pageant

Shut pals and multidisciplinary artists Anjalica Solomon and Chantal Dobles Gering have at all times sought after to create one thing in combination. So once they had been authorised on this yr’s Nanaimo and Vancouver fringe fairs, they seized the chance.

“We’ve got such a very simple time taking part…as a result of we’re pals and we adore to play and consider,” Solomon advised the Georgia Directly through telephone.

Thus, 3 Birds Flying Collective was once born. Solomon, Gering, and their fellow artist and collaborator Sarvin Esmaeili have labored for the previous six months to create Wings Over Water: A Diasporic Chook Play, an unique paintings that might be carried out reside on the Picnic Pavilion on Granville Island as a part of the 2021 Fringe Pageant.

“It’s really a venture of neighborhood,” Solomon remarked.

The ingenious group expanded with the additions of actor and puppeteer Tanaz Roudgar and projection clothier Danielle Rozali, who’re each pals within the core creators’ instant networks. “Other people had been enthusiastic about this concept and sought after to come back in combination and put this on,” Solomon added.

The play makes use of the collective’s mixed talent in motion, poetry, tune, and puppetry to discover issues of diaspora, house, and belonging. Solomon defined that the piece’s construction concerned a large number of experimentation and improvisation. “We in point of fact gave ourselves the gap and time to discover…a last script didn’t come in combination till per week or two ahead of the Nanaimo Fringe,” they shared.

“We simply had such a lot amusing with it and we made it more or less non secular,” Solomon mentioned of the practice session procedure. “We’d in point of fact paintings in combination and shed our fears and more or less like meditate in combination, simply leap in a river and simply let it wash us after which be like, ‘Ok, the entire channels are open; let’s pass get misplaced within the glide of advent.’ ”

Solomon persevered through announcing that the act of making was sacred to the gang. “I feel exploring in combination opened such a lot of extra doorways than writing by myself would possibly have as a result of…that magic of collaboration.”

Wings Over Water
Kimberly Ho

Wings Over Water follows Child Chook because it encounters seven birds on their adventure house from the sea. Amongst them are Grandmother Chook, Birthday celebration Chook, and Patriarchy Chook.

“There are such a large amount of techniques you’ll be able to have a look at diaspora,” Solomon mentioned. “We needed to discover this query of what diaspora manner to us.”

Questions like those information the narrative, poetry and characters within the play. “One thing that got here up is our courting to separation,” Solomon mirrored. “That courting between a toddler hen and a grandmother hen…listening to a few house and no longer absolutely understanding what this separation manner…and what it manner to have selected circle of relatives.”

The Ocean is likely one of the seven characters that Solomon embodies during the play. “The sea strikes a chord in my memory of the way some distance clear of house I’m from time to time. Or how some distance away I’m from a spot that my ancestors lived…after I’m within the ocean, I think expansive and hooked up to that and so I feel this is really what conjures up me after I play that personality.”

Solomon advised the Directly that many rehearsals came about through the ocean and that everybody within the collective feels very hooked up to it. “The sea gave us a large number of poetry…it’s the portal during which Child Chook travels and is without a doubt a thread during the play.”

Solomon expressed pleasure about bringing the piece to Vancouver audiences. “It’s been an actual honour to paintings along Sarvin, Chantal, Tanaz, and Danielle… Our play is so imaginative and heartwarming and humorous, and I feel it is going to permit audiences to be involved with their interior kid.”

Solomon discussed that the play would possibly put some other people out in their convenience zone, however it is going to go away audience strolling away feeling so much. “What’ll make it value it’s people connecting to what we’ve made…particularly if audiences are focused on diaspora or have felt hooked up to that theme.”

Solomon famous that growing this display has deepened the collective’s sense of what house and belonging manner.

“As queer artists, we have now all needed to to find house and make house and be at house in ourselves… That’s more or less the route the play is going towards in any case.”

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Kimberly Ho


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