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, clown). We began collaborating and bonding as friends over our shared fascination in social rituals, science fiction, Japanese Anime, and questions of reality and perception. We follow our idiosyncratic curiosities, blending low-brow inspirations with highfalutin ideas, creating bizarre convergences that propose hybrid visions of the future. Our 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.
Switching between individual and collective project leadership, we connect with local, national, and international communities through collaboration and touring. We are ethnically diverse and queer in our membership, and seek diverse artists in our collaborations. Individually, we 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 us with new methodologies, skills, and vocabularies to bring back to A Wake of Vultures.
WOV is an ongoing, evolving collaboration bonded by an intense friendship. We eat together, we dance together, we 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.
Conor lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He performs, writes, directs, and creates new works of experimental theatre and interdisciplinary performance. Conor is co-artistic director of A Wake of Vultures, frequent collaborator of Hong Kong Exile, and current Artist-in-Residence of Theatre Replacement. His works have been presented across Canada, Europe, and Asia. Conor was the 2017 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist.
Conor loiters in the outer edges of theatrical form. Current explorations include: MINE (with Theatre Replacement), a show about mothers and sons using the sandbox videogame Minecraft as a form of cinematic puppetry, and K BODY AND MIND, a wild anime epic squeezed into a minimalist theatrical container, with dissociated but interlocking tracks of voice, movement, sound, and visuals.
Daniel makes theatre, designs projections, and creates films, using technology and design as a keystone to support narrative and deepen dramaturgy. In his own works PKD Workshow (2013) and Are we not drawn onward to new era (2018), Daniel employs a low-fi DYI aesthetic, making circuits by weaving wires and exposing the guts of the machinery as a metaphorical parallel to the convoluting ideas of existential discourses. Currently his work focuses on states of presence, unbalancing audienceship and novel constructions of light through design and new media. In the last few years, Daniel’s artistic research has explored the ephemeral nature of a ‘self’, interruptions of technology on human processes, and the results of cognitive dissonance.
Presented by Performance Studies international (PSi), Festival Of Recorded Movement, and Shooting Gallery and elsewhere. As a founding member of A Wake Of Vultures, and last represented the collective at P-Body Festival (2016) in Leipzig, performing …wreckage upon wreckage… .
Daniel is currently in post production of an experimental documentary on the Hong Kong handover, shot on location in 2017, as well as engaging with Vancouver’s thriving contemporary performance scene alongside companies like Theatre Replacement, Hong Kong Exile, VACT and others.
Nancy is a sound artist who works and lives as an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work fuses sound and performance as primary mediums for the collaborative devising of interdisciplinary performances. Nancy is a founding member of the interdisciplinary performance collective A Wake of Vultures as well as the Toronto-based Toy Piano Composers collective. As a performance maker, Nancy works closely with Fight With A Stick performance company, having devised and collaborated on the Critic’s Choice Award winning show Revolutions in 2017. Her compositions, performances, and collaborations have toured in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, the U.S. and throughout Canada. An excerpt of her latest multi-media composition Walking at Night by Myself will be touring to Hong Kong in April 2019.