July 19, 2011, 7:30-9:30pm
On psychic and cellular levels, what exactly occurs when a human interacts with another animal species? Despite our growing knowledge of biology and natural history, the answer has remained something of a mystery. The scientists, artists, and choreographer participating in BAASICS.1: A Live Animal invite us to consider other species through a variety of lenses – mythic, scientific, and philosophical – and to formulate our own approaches to the “animal other.” In so doing, they challenge us to grapple with the existential question, “How should we conceive of and conduct our relationships with other species, and also with one another?”
This evening is being presented in conjunction with an exhibition titled “A Live Animal,” curated by BAASICS co-founders Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger, which opened on July 9th, 2011, at Root Division, just next door to ODC Theater.
We would like to thank everyone at ODC for supporting this event, especially Rob Bailis, Christy Bolingbroke, Mark Erickson, and Nicole Mitchell. We hope this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration. We would also like to thank all of the artists in “A Live Animal” for inspiring this event and Nicole McClure, our stage manager, for her theatrical expertise.