“A Portrait of the Man as an Animal”
Talk and performances
Featuring: Cyril Casmeze (France / actor and zoomorph), Jade Duviquet (actress and theator director), Rinde Eckert (USA / vocalist, playwriter and theater director), Pascal Picq (France / paleoanthropologist), Ned Rothenberg (USA / musician and composer), Ian Tattersall (USA / paleoanthropologist and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History )
Hosted by Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of “On the Media” on WNYC
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Are, we, humans, so special? Four artists will probe the very nature of humanity, presenting and embodying the wild instincts and behaviors that reside in us. After these performances-investigations, two distinguished paleoanthropologists, Ian Tattersall and Pascal Picq, will join the artists for a talk about the resemblances and differences between the species.
Performance 1: Zoomorphic Wild Man
a collective work by Cyril Casmeze and Jade Duviquet
Since his childhood, Cyril Casmeze has been obsessed with the idea of imitating perfectly many animals, of being an animal. In this performance, Jade Duviquet will question and call out to Cyril Casmèze through a series of interviews carried out among his relatives. How does his animality effect his relationships with humans? And with animals? Cyril Casmeze will respond live with words, movements, cries and transformations. A real and breathtaking diving into the various animal identities…
Performance 2: Five Beasts
a collective work by Ned Rothenberg and Rinde Eckert
Five Beasts is a set of five portraits of the human animal as it manifests itself in the classic behaviors of predator, prey, ruminant, or scavenger, wolf, mouse, ox, ferret, vulture, dog, or bear, the animal as totem, the animal as guide, the animal as witness. These animals put our pretensions in relief, or challenge our grand anthropocentrism. They inform us, teach, if we listen. We are absurd and amazed and sometimes beautiful in our utter ignorance.
This event is presented as part of “Walls and Bridges,” a 10-day French-American arts and ideas festival curated by the Villa Gillet, a French cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions, bringing together thinkers and artists from all over the world; and is co-presented with Les Subsistances, an international laboratory for live arts based in Lyon, France. www.villagillet.net