Friday, June 6, 930 PM, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen St. N., Kitchener ON
CHRISTINE FELLOWS & SHARY BOYLE: Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home
“...a delicate filigree of gossamer, shadows and tinkling melodies…Fellows blissfully weds simple but eloquent lyrics to a finely textured musical score…the agile Boyle darts back and forth, conjuring up an endless array of witty and entrancing images…the storytelling is utterly captivating. You emerge from this show as if waking from a dream.” – Martin Morrow, GLOBE AND MAIL
Songs created and performed by Christine Fellows
Artwork and overhead projections created and performed by Shary Boyle
Visual artist Shary Boyle and songwriter Christine Fellows have been collaborating since 2005, presenting wildly imaginative performances from Woody Point, Newfoundland to Paris, France. Their performances weave together vivid narratives revealed through Boyle’s stunning, hand-animated artwork created and projected on an old-fashioned overhead projector, and Fellows’ intricately detailed songs and direct vocals backed alternately by piano and ukulele.
Those familiar with their individual bodies of work can’t help but pick up on a remarkable sympathy; both Boyle and Fellows frequent the borderlands of human experience, moving freely between fear and wonder, grief and joy. Their most recent collaboration, Everything Under the Moon, premiered in a sold-out run at the Enwave Theatre at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2012. The Globe and Mail’s Martin Morrow hailed it, declaring: “If the fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream had been tasked with creating an all-ages show, it might look and sound like Everything Under the Moon… the storytelling is utterly captivating. You emerge from this show as if waking from a dream.”
Tonight these long-time collaborators will bring an intimate duo performance entitled Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home to Open Ears, incorporating a selection of favourite works from their early repertoire, along with new, never-before-performed works-in-progress. Inspired by the Kathleen Raine poem of the same name, Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home throws open a window to the frontiers of imagination.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Shary Boyle (artwork and overhead projections) is a visual artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. Boyle’s solo exhibition Flesh and Blood premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2010, and traveled nationally throughout 2011. Artistically, she has always had a profound connection to music; in addition to her work with Christine, she has performed with musical collaborators throughout the world, from the Olympia Theatre in Paris to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She was the 2009 recipient of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Iskowitz Award and the 2010 Hnatyshyn Award for her outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, and represented Canada at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. She lives in Toronto.
Christine Fellows (songs, vocals, piano, ukulele) is a songwriter and avid interdisciplinary collaborator; in addition to her work with Shary, she often works with choreographers, filmmakers, theatre artists and musicians to create performance works, scores and spectacles. Fellows has released five solo albums, tours internationally, and is a founding member of the Correction Line Ensemble, a six-piece group that bridges classical and contemporary music. She was Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter-in-Residence (2011), University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Faculty Writer-in-Residence (2013) and Storyteller-in-Residence at University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (2013). In fall 2014, she’ll be releasing her sixth solo album, Burning Daylight, alongside her first collection of poetry (ARP Books). She lives in Winnipeg.