Animal Acts: Performing Species Today by Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes

By Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes

We all have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our youth mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas riding. whereas medical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the results of worldwide weather switch and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal reviews have advanced issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human. Animal Acts collects 11 intriguing, provocative, and relocating tales via solo performers, observed through observation that areas the works in a broader context.

Work by way of top theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins statement by means of significant students together with Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s creation presents a necessary beginning for realizing and appreciating the intersection of animal stories and function. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, type, country, and different matters primary to the human undertaking in the discourse of the “post human,” and may entice readers drawn to solo functionality, animal reviews, gender stories, functionality stories, and environmental studies.

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Animal Acts: Performing Species Today

All of us have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our adolescence mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas riding. whereas medical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the consequences of worldwide weather swap and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal stories have advanced issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human.

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You can have any breed of dog you want. Ann Arbor is a tolerant place. They practice toler- the d og an d p on y sh ow ance there without getting really good at it. They will tolerate you having a purebred dog. But not without making that “icky” face they make when they drive by a BP station. And you will practice tolerance, too. When you go to the party and the word gets out you have purebred dogs. ” You’ll laugh along. Otherwise you will have no friends, and you will be tempted to get even more poodles.

But the deed was done. Before I even did it! The gloved hand reaches under the pillow and takes hold of the knife. LIZ: Well done, like a steak turned to charcoal. She clenches the sharp blade and runs it through her hand. LIZ: The table with the black dog drawn in charcoal! I drew it! She picks up the feather pillow and begins to sharpen the knife on the pillow, as in the Paula Rego painting The Soldier’s Daughter. She then holds the pillow as though it were a hostage. LIZ: Draw! With my own hand!

LIZ: Is it time for the dance contest? GEORGE: Stay. Stay. Stay. Okay, go. LIZ: Hot dog! Honky-Â�tonk-Â�style music plays. Liz and George dance toward the ladder like two dogs with their hands out like paws. George then pulls the ladder backward, which makes the shoes under the “feet” of the ladder judder up and down. George dances up the ladder with a jug of martinis. Liz places a martini glass at the foot of the ladder. Liz freezes in a dance pose. Honky-Â�tonk music cuts out. George begins to pour from the top of the ladder, the entire jug of martinis, slowly into the martini glass on the floor.

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