FLESH AND BLOOD AND FISH AND FOWL
Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl is a haunting and comedic piece about the limited perspective that humans have of the world and their relationship to wilderness, wildlife and time. Rendered in a surreal story-book style using homespun stop-motion animation and puppetry with taxidermied animals, this is a dark yet magical piece that captures the myopia of our contemporary culture as it stands teetering on the edge of oblivion. It is a kind of doomsday fairytale, where winters turn to summers, shadows no longer behave, dead animals come to life, and the "order of the food chain" no longer applies.
Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl was performed in an abandoned Rite Aid in Philadelphia as part of the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. As we entered the semi-dilapidated space, we saw the only vestige of the store was a sign at the back of the space in large letters on the wall in caps that read "CONVENIENCE FOODS." The concept of the show was well under way and we collectively decided that Convenience Foods should be the name of the company that the two characters in the show worked for. We then rebranded the space, taking off on the color palette, painting the red, white and blue slanted striped all throughout the space and props - including convenience food TV dinners in customized boxes. As the show progresses, nature takes over as if they are in a post-fallout and super growth takes off. There was an acoustic tile drop ceiling that allowed us to rig a flock of birds in V-formation inside to drop down as a finale. There were panels in desks that flipped to reveal wild animals. We made a costume of a grizzly bear from an old bear rug. Puppeted branches and vines slowly encroached and eventually knocked down walls taking over the set to reveal wild animals. We made a costume of a grizzly bear from an old bear rug. Puppet branches and vines slowly encroached and eventually knocked down walls taking over the set to reveal a tableaux of Eden replete with grazing deer and a forest behind the walls of the Rite Aid.
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