On the occasion of their collaboration with OSS#02, the shadow performance group Cave Dogs will perform Sure-minded Uncertainties, which explores how immigration and the interplay of materialism, spiritualism, technology and stewardship of the earth shapes our modern world. The performance examines the nature of existence on the physical and metaphysical planes through the divergent lenses of micro and macro perspectives. A range of fantastical characters acting as modern day archetypes navigate a series of transformations through five short stories interweaving their fundamentally similar, but often out of place worlds. The work, when viewed in its entirety, forms a collective narrative that addresses mankind’s complicated relationship to each other, nature and its resources. Sure-minded Uncertainties uses innovative visual effects and an original sound track to create a rich experience that documents and preserves important cultural voices and stories.
Cave Dogs brings together visual artists, puppeteers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and writers in the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. Our medium evolves out of two ancient traditions; shadow puppet theatre and storytelling – and several contemporary art forms including film, video, sound, computer-generated animation and performance art to create multiple, richly layered visual tableaus, and produce effects that conjure both the dreamlike quality of early experimental film and the humor of contemporary animation. We invite the audience to both de-construct these shadowy illusions while they are caught up in the intriguing layers of effects.