The Elegant Ladies Collective Presents "Eidola" at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
This site-specific original work is a collaborative exploration of Shakespeare’s female characters, trapped in time and space, searching for expression and recognition beyond their roles. This show features a variety of performance styles including dance, theatre, opera, improv, music, and circus that reveal aspects of the Bard’s iconic women from a variety of new perspectives.
All proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to support local women's charities, and so we are fundraising to cover the costs of the show, including costumes, props, sound and lighting.
"Eidola" has two meanings - ghosts or phantoms, and ideals. This play is about female Shakespearean characters who are trapped in the 'idealization' of the feminine form and who are like phantoms, or ghosts, trapped between worlds, searching for a way to tell their story.
My vision was to have a group of women who are performing artists in differing forms (actors, dancers, musicians, poets, circus artists) collaborating together on this project, which will interpret Shakespeare's women from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of forms. The goal was to get together as many female artists as possible to be a part of this and to collaborate on this project. With a current cast of 17 amazing people, we are achieving this goal.
The other aspect to this show that makes it truly unique is that each show is also a fundraiser for a local women's charity - DEWC, WISH, The Minerva Foundation, Cause We Care, WAVAW, etc. Traditionally funds from Fringe shows go to cover the costs of the show and possibly pay the artists, but we wanted to have the chance to donate our ticket sales to various women's charities as a way of continuing the theme of the show - exploring women's voices, women's perspectives, and women's experiences through the examination of the women of Shakespeare's plays, and using these voices to further empower women and give them a voice.
What we are raising funds for now is our costumes, lighting, props, and set. We want our show to look cohesive and thematically relevant, and we require a bit of money to make the concept work.