Deke Weaver takes the audience on an experiential journey through the lense of the tiger
written by Allison Spillane
This performance was a lot more interesting than I expected. It’s always strange when you show up to a small event for class and then learn that the show you’re seeing is apparently a well renowned advocate for climate preservation. Needless to say, the famous show well exceeded my nonexistent expectations. Deke Weaver’s show hit that strange middle ground between inspiring and crushing existential dread, but the message of climate change awareness is always appreciated.
Deke Weaver implemented many ways to show the tiger from many different angles. He had media accompaniments, had different personas that he flipped between, and went about each story in a different way to keep a somewhat simple message interesting and varied. I think the most crucial part of the show was the different characters he portrayed. Being able to see the impact of climate change on different people in different parts of the world really hit home the scale and intensity of the problem.
Due to climate change, the world is changing in kind. Weaver’s show put a lot of importance on the tiger’s habitat, their home, is rapidly depleting. Because of their habitat disappearing, the tigers have been found in places that are unusual. He touched upon the tiger who roamed parts of India, eating people in a classic case of human-animal conflict. He also touched upon how there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. From the wealthy elite eating tigers to flex their status, to people owning tigers as pets, to the unreasonable percentage of living tigers that reside in the US as opposed to their native habitat, The journey of the tiger has fraught with peril and conflict, one that will only increase as their home sinks beneath the sea.