The animals is a playful requiem for a dying ecosystem and a failing image of humanity. The performance takes you to the zoo, a performative space where animals are forced to perform their otherness so that humankind can confirm itself – by watching. Zoos engage visitors in an historic ritual of a Western ordering of the world, teaching them to “gaze” at creatures made to be exotic through our imagining wild and faraway places. But in this zoo the boundaries are blurred between who is human and who is animal. In this zoo it is unclear who should perform (for) whom.
“Animals are always the observed. The fact that they can observe us has lost all significance.” (John Berger, Why look at Animals?)
The performance is programmed by BUDA B-scene(rs) in the context of Be SpectACTive, a EU program that aims to foster the power of the audience.