Shut pals and multidisciplinary artists Anjalica Solomon and Chantal Dobles Gering have at all times wished to create one thing collectively. So after they had been accepted on this 12 months’s Nanaimo and Vancouver fringe festivals, they seized the chance.
“We’ve got such a simple time collaborating…as a result of we’re pals and we like to play and picture,” Solomon advised the Georgia Straight by telephone.
Thus, Three Birds Flying Collective was 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 Chicken Play, an unique work that will probably be carried out dwell on the Picnic Pavilion on Granville Island as a part of the 2021 Fringe Competition.
“It’s actually a undertaking of group,” Solomon remarked.
The inventive crew expanded with the additions of actor and puppeteer Tanaz Roudgar and projection designer Danielle Rozali, who’re each pals within the core creators’ rapid networks. “Individuals had been enthusiastic about this concept and wished to come back collectively and put this on,” Solomon added.
The play makes use of the collective’s mixed ability in motion, poetry, music, and puppetry to discover themes of diaspora, house, and belonging. Solomon defined that the piece’s improvement concerned a whole lot of experimentation and improvisation. “We actually gave ourselves the area and time to discover…a remaining script didn’t come collectively till every week or two earlier than the Nanaimo Fringe,” they shared.
“We simply had a lot enjoyable with it and we made it type of non secular,” Solomon mentioned of the rehearsal course of. “We’d actually work collectively and shed our fears and type of like meditate collectively, simply soar in a river and simply let it wash us after which be like, ‘Okay, all of the channels are open; let’s go get misplaced within the movement of creation.’ ”
Solomon continued by saying that the act of making turned sacred to the group. “I believe exploring collectively opened so many extra doorways than writing alone may need due to…that magic of collaboration.”
Wings Over Water follows Child Chicken because it encounters seven birds on their journey house from the ocean. Amongst them are Grandmother Chicken, Occasion Chicken, and Patriarchy Chicken.
“There are such a lot of methods you may take a look at diaspora,” Solomon mentioned. “We wished to discover this query of what diaspora means to us.”
Questions like these information the narrative, poetry and characters within the play. “One thing that got here up is our relationship to separation,” Solomon mirrored. “That relationship between a child fowl and a grandmother fowl…listening to a couple of house and never totally realizing what this separation means…and what it means to have chosen household.”
The Ocean is without doubt one of the seven characters that Solomon embodies all through the play. “The ocean jogs my memory of how far-off from house I’m generally. Or how far-off I’m from a spot that my ancestors lived…after I’m within the ocean, I really feel expansive and linked to that and so I believe that’s actually what conjures up me after I play that character.”
Solomon advised the Straight that many rehearsals occurred by the ocean and that everybody within the collective feels very linked to it. “The ocean gave us a whole lot of poetry…it’s the portal by way of which Child Chicken travels and is actually a thread all through the play.”
Solomon expressed pleasure about bringing the piece to Vancouver audiences. “It’s been an actual honour to work alongside Sarvin, Chantal, Tanaz, and Danielle… Our play is so imaginative and heartwarming and humorous, and I believe it’ll enable audiences to be in contact with their internal baby.”
Solomon talked about that the play may put some folks out of their consolation zone, however it’ll depart viewers strolling away feeling quite a bit. “What’ll make it price it’s different folks connecting to what we’ve made…particularly if audiences are fascinated about diaspora or have felt linked to that theme.”
Solomon famous that creating this present has deepened the collective’s sense of what house and belonging means.
“As queer artists, we now have all needed to discover house and make house and be at house in ourselves… That’s type of the route the play goes towards ultimately.”