Vancouver’s Mind of Snail tells a tale of following your heart and the oppression of gravity using a projector, a guitar, shadow puppets and lots of sounds effects.
Should you see it?
Against Gravity opens with its performers, Jessica Gabriel and Chloé Ziner, laying out exactly what’s going to happen – they’re going to perform a shadow puppet play and we’re all coming along for the ride. The unusual part is that all the puppetry happens in front of the screen rather than behind. While Gabriel does most of the legwork – often literally – on the projector, Ziner uses her guitar and her voice to accompany the action.
There isn’t much to the story; a man goes on a gravity-defying quest to follow his heart, and things get weird. Actually, it just gets weirder. Against Gravity is more about the synchronicity of its performers and visual stimulation than plot. I really do admire the creativity and sincerity of Against Gravity. There is something very charming about a show that wears its heart on its sleeve.
Against Gravity feels like a kid’s show made for adults. There’s a strong audience participation component as Ziner encourages us to become a “glob of sound” responsible for creating and amplifying sound effects. Even though the opening night audience was a little shy at first, they got bolder as the performance went on and our main character found himself in more dangerous situations. I could see this being even more fun with an audience who isn’t afraid of going over the top – or an audience including children.
Against Gravity is a whimsical experience that will get you back in touch with your inner child. I’d recommend keeping your mind open, being ready to participate and letting the whole experience wash over you.
What did you think of Against Gravity? Were you swept up in the shadows or did you lose the plot? Did you enjoy the audience participation? Let me know in the comments below!
For more information on Against Gravity, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, visit their show page on OttawaFringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/against-gravity/