A unique experience regarding the world of wildlife

The stage set-up before the show began

Written by Edward Huang

A sizable group watched on with curiosity as a man set up the stage in the lower level of the Krannert Art Museum. I was one of the audience, and I had no clue what to expect from this presentation. Perhaps he was going to talk about endangered wildlife. Maybe this was more of a one-person play? Whatever it was, I was eagerly awaiting for the man to begin his show.

Presentation of the animals for The Unreliable Bestiary

He started the show with a presentation of a variety of different animals. He was a part of a group called “The Unreliable Bestiary” and we were introduced to pictures of a selection of organisms. We had to vote one that we would personally focus on. Afterwards, we were told that year after year, the Tiger was the most popular pick. Why was this? I was wondering if it was the culture behind the animal. The presenter went on to elaborate on the history of the tiger.

Presentation of a mural of lions

Throughout the show, the single performer shifted between different identities, perhaps telling separate stories from different points of view. I thought it was an interesting approach, but it was also very weird. His storytelling was quite engaging, however. He switched between live storytelling to videos to images. It was an all-inclusive experience. When he showed videos of the wild, I was reminded of how I’ve always wanted to travel to places like that, where everything is tropical and I would be able to enjoy nature in its purest form.

All in all, I felt that this was an engaging experience, but I did not feel completely comfortable. At the end, I was still a bit confused on the purpose of the presentation.

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