K BODY AND MIND
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.
Originally planned as a live theatre performance, K BODY AND MIND has been re-envisioned as an episodic miniseries for viewing at home. Blending overloaded 90s anime and cyberpunk aesthetics with an off-kilter and mesmerizing minimalist performance style, K BODY AND MIND is an impossible sci-fi epic performed by two bodies in an abandoned 100-year-old theatre. Featuring intricately patterned lights, sound, and choreography, you can watch K BODY AND MIND online in Spring 2021 at kbodyandmind.com.
Director, Writer, Producer: Conor Wylie
Performers: Jasmine Chen + Donna Soares
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
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.
Presented at Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound 2021 from June 4-6.
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.