Stage Size: min 6m x 7 m
Lighting: basic lighting plus 2-3 specials
Sound: 2 CD players, audio mixer, house PA
Manpower: technician to run sound and lights (better 2 technicians)
1 person in a bear costume (=1 person, 1 bear costume and 1 hour of rehearsal)
Extra: slide projector
About the Piece
Premiere: August 2000 at Kunstpfade a visual arts event
in Schleswig Holstein, Germany.
animal was first presented as an outdoor performance at dusk.
The audience followed the trails of the animal that appeared
every now and then, displaying a variety of movements adapted from the
animal kingdom. In the Fall of 2000 the piece was transformed into a stage
piece incorporating music, costume, a philosophical text and a bear crossing
the stage. It was shown in the Tafelhalle in Nuremberg and in October
2001 and at Chisenhale Dance Space in London to great audience approval.
Although going on a real stage removed some of the original
sensations of the natural surrounding, the piece endured this transition
well. Awareness and presence have remained the main focus in the performance
of this work.