Photo by Andrew Alexander
Photo by Andrew Alexander
We’re very fortunate this week to be presenting The Fish Eyes Trilogy as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. This trilogy has been growing and evolving for 11 years and is an extremely powerful one-woman show.
However if you’re not sure about what to expect, here are a few reasons why you should come down:
1) The Local Aspect
Local art in any community is important; supporting local artists ensures that local art can continue to grow. Even though she’s a national sensation now, Anita Majumdar is a local artist who is returning home. Growing up in Port Moody and was a part of the inspiration for writing this play. This, along with the show being presented as part of the PuSh Festival gives The Fish Eyes Trilogy an incredibly strong connection to our community. The greatest thing that can happen with art is for one generation of local artists to inspire the next to ensure that it remains alive and strong.
2) Back By Popular Demand!
After being written in 2004 for a final project in school, Fish Eyes made its Vancouver debut at The Cultch back in 2006. It has been growing ever since, most noticeably with the addition of part 2 (Boys With Cars) and part 3 (Let Me Borrow That Top).
No two productions of a show are ever the same, even when the show has been performed by the same person for 11 years. This is a chance to not only see how the show has changed and evolved over the years, but how the actress has grown as well.
3) The Power of Dance
The beauty of The Fish Eyes Trilogy comes from the brilliant dancing that is showcased by Ms. Majumdar. From classical Indian to contemporary Bollywood, the grace and movement displayed is not only a treat for the eyes, but is also integral in telling the stories. A bond is developed between the audience and the three different characters, as the dancing that they practice is put on display.
4) A Show Everyone Can Relate To
It would be impossible to watch The Fish Eyes Trilogy without being able to connect with Meena, Naz, or Candice in some way. In their daily lives of growing up and going to school, they experience challenges that are very universal.
Meena faces the problem of having to choose between pursuing her desire to dance or her dream of having friends, and her crush on the most popular boy in school. Her dedication to dancing has essentially forced her into being an outsider, and makes her wonder if she should abandon what she has, for what she wants.
Naz is a girl who in some ways is the opposite of Meena. She made the choice to stop dancing in order to have more of a social life and a boyfriend. Unfortunately, she is finding out the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side. Naz needs to find a way to make her peace with the decision she’s made.
Candice is the popular girl who seems to have it all, but can’t have what she really wants. She lives in a world that demands she stays the same, not being able to pursue her dream of being a Bollywood dancer. She’s not allowed to show that there is something she truly cares for without leaving the realm popularity that she is in. Candice has to decide if the pressures of society and her friends are enough to keep her away from what she wants.
5) The Name’s the Thing
The biggest draw for The Fish Eyes Trilogy is Anita herself. Her natural talent and years of experience have shaped her into one of Canada’s top performers. Since graduating from UBC and the National theatre school, she has written, acted and danced all across the country. She’s appeared in film and television while still maintaining a high number of brilliant stage shows. She is an award-winning artist and her career and skills continue to grow. There’s no telling where she’ll end up, so why miss an opportunity to see her now?
The Fish Eyes Trilogy runs until January 31 at the Historic Theatre. The show runs on alternating nights. Tickets start from $19 and are available on our website or by calling the box office at 604-251-1363.