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Firehorse and Shadow interactive web-performance journey Available Now!

As we transition from Yang Water Tiger to Yin Water Rabbit we invite you to extend your curiosity into the realms of Firehorse and Shadow, tracing the bold and inspiring experiences lived and felt by four generations of Chinese Canadian women growing up in what is now known as Vancouver, British Columbia (MST Territory). Against a backdrop of cultural influences, gender inequality and anti-Chinese racism, performers Andrea Nann and shadow painter and puppeteer Annie Katsura Rollins, weave together passages of remembering and forgetting. This unique interactive web-performance was created during the depths of isolation in 2020 and released in 2021. It was designed for computer users to experience an intimate, interactive and personalized performance journey.

What audiences are saying "I'm a 56 year old Chinese Canadian woman. I have never felt so seen. Your performance was truly beautiful." -Y.L.

"It was such a pleasure from an audience perspective to engage interactively with the cosmos experience. Of all the adaptations I've seen from live performance to online presentation, this has been one of the most successful." - J.M.

"Firehorse & Shadow is a spectacular example of how an emotional and intimate story can be successfully told inside the confines of the digital space while maintaining the tenderness of an in-person performance" - J.R.

"It's the best interactive I have seen, ever!” -J.B.

"A pallet of expression, beauty and reflection of what was…and where we are now." -K.C.

Choreographer / Writer / Performer - Andrea Nann Shadow Artist / Performer - Annie Katsura Rollins Director of Video Content/Editor - Henry Mak Dramaturg / Readings - Cindy Mochizuki Creative and directorial contributor - Sarah Chase User Experience and Web Designer/Website Animations - Elysha Poirier Technical Director /Interactive Developer - Web experience - Omar Faleh Sound Design & Composition - Ben Grossman Director of Photography - Eric Chan Researcher Chinese Five Elements Theory : Wu Xing - Brendan Wyatt Theatrical Lighting Designer - Jennifer Lennon Production Team - Laura Cournoyea & A.J. Morra Closed Captions - Gillian Grant

Firehorse & Shadow was commissioned by CanAsian Dance for its 2020 KickStart program. The creation of this work was generously supported by the Dance Artist in Residence program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and by National Ballet of Canada's CreativAction Open Space program.


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