WAG and WECC Co-present Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows’ Latest Audio-Visual Spectacle

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 2, 2015: Visual art meets musical collaboration when the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the West End Cultural Centre co-host Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home with artist Shary Boyle and songwriter Christine Fellows. The duo will perform Saturday, February 21, following their tour across the Northwest Territories.

Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home is an intimate new work by Boyle and Fellows, which premiered in Canada’s north in October. This hand-crafted spectacle bravely explores distance and alienation, childhood and aging, imagination and resilience in the face of a changing, challenging landscape.

Presented as a series of vignettes seen through a window, Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home invites audiences on a mysterious, and immersive journey through a richly described visual and aural landscape. Part ritual and part myth, Boyle and Fellows use sound, lyric, image, and light to tell stories that reconnect us with a sense of shared history and common humanity.

“The WAG is excited to co-host this incredible evening for the arts with WECC,” states Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Education. “Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows are mesmerising artists each in their own right, but together they’re magic!”

Collaborating since 2005, Boyle and Fellows have presented wildly inventive performances from Woody Point, Newfoundland to Paris, France. They weave together vivid narratives using minimalist, low-fi means: Boyle’s stunning, hand-animated artwork created and projected on an old-fashioned overhead projector, and Fellows’ intricately detailed songs and direct vocals, backed alternately by piano and ukulele.

“The experience of seeing Christine and Shary work together is one not soon forgotten. Shary’s drawings, created before your eyes, seem to come alive, filled with the life of Christine’s words and music,” comments Jason Hooper, WECC Artistic Director.

Their 2012 collaboration, Everything Under the Moon, premiered to a sold-out run and rave reviews in Toronto: “…the storytelling is utterly captivating. You emerge from this show as if waking from a dream,” writes Martin Morrow in the Globe and Mail.

Performed in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium (300 Memorial Blvd), the concert starts at 8:00pm and will be followed by a talk and Q&A with the artists.

Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca/1-855-985-5000, the Music Trader, the Winnipeg Folk Music Store, WECC, and the WAG; or $25 at the door. Tickets purchased for the original November 14, 2014 concert date will be honoured on February 21.

For details, visit wag.ca or wecc.ca, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Media-Manager@wag.ca
Jason Hooper
Artistic Director
West End Cultural Centre
204.783.6918
jason@wecc.ca


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