Flight Paths

August 2020

A digitally animated drawing of a blind Japanese woman walking in an open landscape in close up. She is in side profile, wearing a purple and light blue kimono patterned with orange flowers. The background is shaded in muted browns, and a pale yellow sun looms in the horizon.

Flight Paths, our epic multimedia production inspired by the Goze – blind female performers of medieval Japan – is brought to life on screen for the first time in a new digital retelling, co-commissioned by The Space.

Combining animation, aerial movement and creative audio description, Flight Paths will be an interactive online experience featuring stories of travel, blindness and migration.

Through interactive navigation by the Goze, viewers will journey through a unique, multi-sensory experience of Japanese cultural history and storytelling.

Teaser Trailer (Audio Described):

Flight Paths (2020) team:

Artistic Director, Extant: Maria Oshodi
Digital Distribution Associate, The Space: Holly Close
Project Manager (Digital Flight Paths), Extant: Rhianne Rowson
Marketing Assistant (Digital Flight Paths), Extant: Amelia Zhou
Producer & Editor: Nic Sandiland
Animator: Dave Packer
Web Consultant & Designer: Tim Jukes
Illustrator: Inko Ai Takita
Translator: Aya Nakamura

Flight Paths (2019) cast and creatives:

Co-directors: Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl
Writer: Glen Neath
Cast: Amelia Cavallo & Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi & Victoria Oruwari and Meg Kubota as ‘The Voice’
Aerial & Movement: Vicki Amedume
Sound: Thor McIntyre-Burnie
Audio Technologist: Tarim
Designer: Becky Minto
Projections: Terry Braun
Lighting: Nao Nagai
Assistant Director: Julie Osman
Production Manager: Stacey Choudbury-Potter
Stage Manager: Beatrice Galloway
AV programmer: Libby Ward
Lighting Operator: Steve Lowe

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