A Wake of Vultures

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Formed in 2013, A Wake of Vultures (WOV) is a project-based interdisciplinary performance company. WOV is a research, development, and producing vehicle for the works of its three members: Nancy Tam (music, sound design, theatre), Daniel O’Shea (film, theatre), and Conor Wylie (theatre). Switching between individual and collective project leadership, they connect with local, national, and international communities through collaboration and touring.
WOV began collaborating and bonding as friends over shared fascinations in social rituals, science fiction, anime, and questions of reality and perception. They follow their idiosyncratic curiosities, blending low-brow inspirations with highfalutin ideas, creating bizarre convergences that propose hybrid visions of the future. Their work is marked by formal detachment, ritual, playful misdirection, unstable perspectives, and a blend of retro and new technologies, taking diverse forms like audio walks, performative installations, and plays. WOV has been presented in Canada, the US, Germany, and Hong Kong.
Individually, they are freelance artists thriving inside Vancouver’s independent performance scene through fruitful and ongoing collaborations with Fight with a Stick, Theatre Replacement, Music on Main, Plastic Orchid Factory, MACHiNENOiSY, Radix Theatre, Justine Chambers, Rob Kitsos, Playwrights Theatre Centre, rice&beans theatre, Remy Siu, and many others. Each collaboration provides them with new methodologies, skills, and vocabularies to bring back to A Wake of Vultures.
In many ways, the three members of WOV are hybrid people: they practice a variety of artistic disciplines; they come from a mix of settler backgrounds (Europe + Asia); they have differing relationships to gender and queerness. These notions of identity inform their work, but don’t define it. They prefer to live in the margins. It is natural that many of their collaborators come from marginalized or underrepresented communities, with regards to race, queerness, gender, and disability; WOV values collaborations with artists who are critical, interdisciplinary, and intercultural in their mindsets.
WOV is an ongoing, evolving collaboration bonded by an intense friendship: they eat together, dance together, work together.

Switching between individual and collective project leadership, they connect with local, national, and international communities through collaboration and touring. thnically diverse and queer in their  membership, they seek diverse artists in their  collaborations. Individually, they are freelance artists thriving inside Vancouver’s independent performance scene through fruitful and ongoing collaborations with Fight with a Stick, Theatre Replacement, Music on Main, Plastic Orchid Factory, MACHiNENOiSY, Radix Theatre, Justine Chambers, Rob Kitsos, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Toy Piano Composers, and many others. Each collaboration provides for new methodologies, skills, and vocabularies to bring back to A Wake of Vultures.

WOV is an ongoing, evolving collaboration bonded by an intense friendship. They eat together, dance together, work together. A Wake of Vultures have been presented in Canada, the US, and Europe, at SFU Woodward’s, The Shadbolt Centre, Stanford, California, and Leipzig. wakeofvultures.com

Conor Wylie

Conor Wylie is a performer, writer, and director creating experimental theatre. In recent years, science-fiction and videogame aesthetics have figured prominently in his works. He co-wrote and performed Visitors from Far Away to the State Machine with Hong Kong Exile, about two aliens on an erotic honeymoon to Earth, performed live on webcams and featuring animations inspired by several generations of videogame graphics. He also collaborated on Theatre Replacement’s MINE, a cinematic performance investigating mythical, pop-culture, and personal stories of mothers and sons, performed in the sandbox videogame Minecraft.
In 2017, he was selected as the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist by Marcus Youssef. In 2019, he was chosen as the Siminovitch Prize Protégé by his dear mentors James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. In 2021, Conor will join the writing team of a new videogame studio called sunset visitor 斜陽過客. conorwylie.ca