A new work of theatre experimenting with the separation of the AURAL and VISUAL, like a radio-play paired with a silent film.

In 20XX, a security specialist named Kawabi wants what everyone wants: to leave behind the scars of sickness, hunger, and war… and lead a new life in a new body. She joins The Grove, an idealistic start-up with a fleet of bioengineered and shareable bodies. But when a hostile entity hacks The Grove’s network, colonizing the minds and bodies of its inhabitants, Kawabi must rescue her new home…by reckoning with a ghost of the past.

K BODY AND MIND is an austere and mesmerizing work of science-fiction, evoking maximalist anime and cyberpunk aesthetics, delivered in a spooky and robotic minimalist style. It features dissociated but interlocking tracks of sound, light, and choreography, like a radio-play overlaid on a silent film. After journeying between live and filmed mediums during the pandemic, the final multimedia presentation format features live bodies, sound, and lighting performed in conversation with recorded performance on a big screen. Learn more at kbodyandmind.com.

Director, Writer, Producer: Conor Wylie
Performers: Jasmine Chen, Donna Soares, and Anjela Magpantay (2022 production)
Performing Sound Designer, Composer, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer 2: Nancy Tam
Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Lead Filmmaker, Film Editor: Daniel O’Shea
Choreographer, Movement Collaborator: Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien
Producing Stage Manager, Publicist: Anjela Magpantay
Story + Accessibility Collaborator: Amy Amantea + VocalEye
Costume Designer: Leah Weinstein
Script Consultant: Shawn Macdonald
Sound Mixer 1 + Sound Consultant: Ira Jordison
A Camera Operator: Lukáš Hyrman
B Camera Operator: Luc Forsyth
C Camera Operator: Thomas Chiasson
Catering: Narong Heng

Film version premiered FEB 4-6 at PushOFF 2021: Speculative Futures.

Official A Wake of Vultures online self-release from MARCH 6-21, 2021, at kbodyandmind.com.

Additional presentation of the film version at Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound (Kitchener-Waterloo), Hamilton Fringe Festival, the Digital Dramaturgy Initiative, Centre A Gallery, and Vancouver Asian Film Festival (where it won Best Director of a Canadian Feature).

Live Multimedia Performance version debuted as a work-in-progress at PushOFF 2022: The Collider Effect, and made its full premiere in May 2022 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

K BODY AND MIND is commissioned by Theatre Replacement through their COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence program, and developed in-residence at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council, and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation.