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Everything Under the Moon

Everything Under the Moon is the old-time shadow play re-imagined, a fantastical work of theatre told through projected image and narrative song. This new interdisciplinary performance work is created by collaborators Shary Boyle (a Toronto-based visual and performance artist) and Christine Fellows (a Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer).

Using multiple overhead projectors to bring Boyle's hand-animated artwork to life, and an original score by Fellows performed on xylophone, vibraphone, keyboard, ukulele, cello, percussion and voice, Everything Under the Moon joyously challenges an all-ages audience to join the performers on a mysterious journey in search of meaningful solutions to big problems.

Everything Under the Moon follows two small, winged creatures as they set out together on an urgent quest to save themselves and their species. Taking the fates of a little brown bat and a honeybee as its starting point, Everything Under the Moon tells the story of Limbertwig and Ida Red, two juvenile creatures who have found themselves alone and frightened after strange illnesses have taken over their communities. Joining forces, the two embark on a perilous, adventure-packed journey that takes them far from their homes—way up north to the Arctic Circle, and way down south to the Andean Mountains in Chile.

Along the way Ida Red and Limbertwig encounter legions of strange creatures, wise characters, absurdist non-sequiturs and near-miss life lessons. Touching on loss, sickness, environmental threat, fear of the unknown and the restorative powers of friendship and community, Everything Under the Moon is a moving and fearless story that insists on emotional courage and respect for diversity.

Bios of Key Collaborators:

Shary Boyle is a Toronto-based visual artist known internationally for her drawing, sculpture and painting and for her audio-visual performances. She has become known for the deeply personal and psychologically moving content of her imagery, which recalls the anxieties, desire and bittersweet fantasy worlds of childhood and adolescence. Critical, enchanting and at times humorous, Boyle's work is raw with human vulnerability and dysfunction

She is the winner of the 2009 Iskowitz Award and the 2010 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award and her work is exhibited and collected internationally. A solo exhibition of her work, entitled Flesh and Blood, recently toured from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2010), to Galerie de L'UQAM, Montreal (2011), and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011). She will complete a major commission for the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2012.

Christine Fellows is a songwriter and performer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her songs are known for their vivid characters, haunting melodies and unconventional orchestration, and her live performances are "nothing short of sublime" (Georgia Straight, Vancouver). She has released five solo albums, most recently Femmes de chez nous (Six Shooter Records 2011), which was hailed by the Globe and Mail as "a poetic, rustic yet sophisticated collection of superb new songs."

Fellows tours internationally, creates scores for modern dance and moving images, and she is an avid interdiée de Saint-Boniface (Winnipeg, 2009), Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter-in-Residence (Yukon, 2011), and she was recently awarded grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts to create new repertoire for a new interdisciplinary performance work entitled Burning Daylight.

The Terrarium Project

Commissioned in 2010

Presented as part of World Stage
In association with The Power Plant
February 18-23, 2012

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To date, a generous group of visionary donors have supported the creation of 23 new commissions. We would like to thank the following supporters of the Fresh Ground new works commissioning programme for their leadership and continued support of artists: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean; and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

For information on how you can become a Fresh Ground new works supporter please contact Allan Penning, Senior Development Officer (Individual Giving), at or 416-954-9912.
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