Ouroboros Shadow Pictures presents Climate of Hunter, a multimedia shadow performance based on the true events of the whaleship Essex. The central narrative of the piece presents a child’s perspective of growing up with a sense of home and safety, maturing into the modern world, and being overcome by an unnamed fear that distorts and picks away at their sense of security. The peripheral narrative that is intertwined throughout the central perspective is a collaged depiction of the whaleship Essex story. The story of the Essex allows us to draw a connection between the zeitgeist of the whaling industry and that of modern times. Together both narratives demonstrate and explore how affected we are by fear and our innate desire for security.
About Ouroboros Shadow Pictures:
OUROBOROS SHADOW PICTURES is a shadow theatre company, based in Oakland, CA. Specializing in immersive, cinematic live shadow performances. The performances are structured around a large free-standing screen, on which shadows are cast and manipulated. The music is performed live, accompanying the visuals.
Founded by Alisa Javits and Adam Lipsky, the company has been touring and growing rapidly since its beginning in 2013. Their productions run the gamut from quick satirical vignettes to slow psycho-dramatic mood poems. Some of their storytelling techniques include “live-action” silhouettes and intricate paper-cuts, along with many shades and degrees of light. Ouroboros Shadow Pictures currently works out of Moxy Studios in Oakland, CA.
Alisa Javits is a visual artist, writer and fabricator. She is responsible for performing the shadow images in the productions. She steers the lights, rotates the props, and makes the visual scenes happen. Alisa is the primary designer and builder of the sculptural shadow art, which is used as props in the productions. Additionally, she has designed and built the structural materials used, such as suspension devices for the the props and remote control light boxes.
Adam Lipsky is a musician/composer, writer, actor and sound designer. He is responsible for the music and sound elements of the productions. He scores the performances live from a keyboard, using a combination of triggered samples, stereo field manipulation and original music. The original music is either prerecorded or performed live, depending on the needs of each scene. Adam watches and anticipates the shadow action, much like scoring a silent film.
For more information, please visit www.ouroboros-shadowpictures.com