Everything Under the Moon is the opening performance of the 2012 World Stage event at the Harbourfront Centre.
It is a shadow play with hand-animated projected images and live narrative song. The show was dramatic, thrilling and a great time overall. The sold out show was very unique and eye opening because of the amazing choreography.
“It was different from any show I’ve seen,” Hiwot Lassanu, one of the ushers in the theatre, commented. “Interesting is too boring a word to describe it.”
From happiness, to sadness, to excitement, the performance took the audience through various emotions. Even younger audience members were captivated by the action. Six year old audience member Woolf Brebner said, “I liked the part with the owl. I liked how the two people were talking and how he wanted to eat them!”
The show is a collaboration between Toronto visual artist Shary Boyle and Winnipeg musician Christine Fellows. Shary and Christine have been working together for the past six years, under the name Shadow Songs.
Alex McMaster, a cellist who has collaborated with the duo commented that working with them is “amazing, we are all great friends.” She also said that “as a group it’s all about coordination and doing everything on time.”
The duo performs from behind an overhead projector; Shary makes the detailed hand drawn characters laugh, dance and even talk while Christine sings and plays a variety of instruments. The pair is supported by percussion instruments, the cello, and supporting vocalists.
Jon Campbell, the publicist for Harbourfront Center told us that, “the hard part was making sure that everything was set up properly so that it was clear that the performance was from the artist’s perspective, just as they had planned.”
The organizers for Everything Under the Moon posted advertisements in many different languages so everyone could understand. They also used different forms of media such as posters, websites, and TV commercials to spread word. Shadow Songs are planning to create new shows and tour across Canada and will continue to perform in venues such as the Harbourfront Centre.