Kiss Around Pass Around at Edmonton Fringe Festival

Kiss Around Pass Around

Telus Phone Museum (10437 83 avenue), August 15 – 18, 21 – 23
More information: shoshinznet.web.fc2.com


Kiss Around Pass Around Photo credit Tisse Mallon

Photo credit Tisse Mallon

An interview with Yanomi. 

Describe your show in five words.

Open hearted magical adventure!

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?

A hilarious and exciting adventure featuring a mysterious creature wandering the world looking for its daddy. North, south, east, and west… Leaves, wind, water, thunder – for a peculiar traveler, anything’s a compass. This unruly innocent creature will sneak in and steal your heart.

Your company’s name, Shoshiniz, means ‘shy timid people’ – why give your company that name?

Shy timid people like me sometimes can explore the beauties in tiny things in our lives because of our sensitivity, and also once shy timid people get to be brave, we can do something very unexpected to surprise others in a unique way. For me, shy timid people are funny and adorable.

Your show is a physical comedy show with no dialogue, but with a ‘stunning sound design’ as you say in your press release. What did you want the sound design of Kiss Around Pass Around to accomplish?

My show is physical but it does include some dialogue this time. (Sorry for this confusion.) But my dialogue is based on simple childlike ones, not very complicated. It mostly relies on many sound effect and music to create the world in which the mysterious creature (named Kiss Around Pass Around) is wandering around without any stage sets except for some visual props. You can experience an exciting adventure with all those great sound design which reminds you of your own childhood or bizarre adventure you’ve never had.

Are there any considerations you take into account when you do a physical comedy show? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a solo physical comedy show!

Creating my adventure of physical comedy show, I made some characters of weird puppets who would be good company with Kiss Around Pass Around, and also I decided to ask my audiences to help this adventure. So there are some very unique interactions in the show.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

It’s not a general clown show but a super bizarre physical comedy you’ve never seen before. It’s not a kids show, but also for all generations. (Some people tend to assume it’s just a ‘clown show’ from my make-up.)

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?
Big thanks to Martin Dockery (an amazing storyteller/actor/writer) as voice over for the prologue of the show.

The 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 13 – 23. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca starting August 4.

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