WOLF | A LIVE EVENT WITH TEETH
Deke Weaver is a collector of stories. His project, the Unreliable Bestiary, is a lifelong multi-dimensional series of performances, online archive of performance notes and a set of books that embraces “our precarious moment in natural history - an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. The project will present a performance for each letter of the alphabet - the letter representing a particular endangered animal or habitat,” says Weaver on his website about the overall project. The newest addition to an ambitious clutch of devised performance environments centers on the mythos and the realities of the WOLF.
WOLF, the planet’s most widely distributed land mammal is a living environmental metaphor and the heart of a new multimedia pageant created by performer/playwright & media artist Deke Weaver and choreographed by Jennifer Allen. In September of 2013, WOLF was a site-specific presentation that took place in East Central Illinois. After a park-ranger-guided bus trip to a forested park, the audience was led over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house: a barn filled with video, dance, music, and stories that pulled some of the threads together.
On Monday evening, November 10th, The Goat Farm Arts Center is proud to present WOLF to Atlanta audiences. The touring version of WOLF distills a sprawling site-specific event into a one-man presentation that is part live performance and part cinematic documentation fit for the intimacy of the Goat Farm’s Rodriguez Room.
Deke Weaver’s WOLF is a recipient of The Goat Farm Arts Center Arts Investment Package (AIP). The Goat Farm’s AIP vehicle funds, produces & presents experimental & innovative works that “pattern-break” & excite new thinking. The Goat Farm’s Review Board recognizes that consistent vanguard arts programming contributes to Atlanta’s global relevancy.
ABOUT DEKE WEAVER:
Deke Weaver is a writer, performer, designer, and media artist. His interdisciplinary performances and videos have been presented in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Europe, and the United States at experimental theater, film/video, dance, solo performance, and broadcast venues such as Channel 4/U.K., the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, The Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, The Moth, and many others including livestock pavilions, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms. He has been a resident artist at Yaddo, Isle Royale National Park, HERE, Ucross, and the MacDowell Colony. His work has been supported by commissions, fellowships, and grants from The Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, the city of San Francisco, the states of Illinois and New York, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and other public and private foundations. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theater.
ABOUT THE GOAT FARM ARTS CENTER
Hybrid developments that assemble Art, Performance, Science, Design, Technology & Small Manufacturing entities in Built Environments that simultaneously operate as Centers for Contemporary Art & Performance. This blending of disciplines seeks to increase Atlanta's relevancy, economic opportunity and market competitiveness. Goat Farm environments look to the future to trigger new thinking, new technologies and linking innovation and invention to the City of Atlanta. More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoatFarmArtsCenter
VITALS & RESOURCES:
WHAT: Deke Weaver’s WOLF
WHEN: November 10, 2014, 8PM
WHERE: Rodriguez Room, 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, GA 30076
PRICE: Free & Open to the Public
AGE RESTRICTIONS: from Weaver’s website, “The WOLF performance is not designed for children, but it's probably appropriate for 4th grade and up. Of course it depends on the kid and the parent. There is video footage of wolves eating a deer, but it's probably not as bad as what you might see on a TV nature documentary. The show includes some coarse language, loud sounds/music.”
Unreliable Bestiary :http://unreliablebestiary.org/
WOLF Review: http://bitethumbnails.com/archives/433
WOLF Vimeo 1: http://vimeo.com/80810784
WOLF Vimeo 2: http://vimeo.com/80432523
TED talk about The Unreliable Bestiary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQwEABZq3vY