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Animal of My Heartland (Makeup)

Written by Zhengqi Xu

Like the show called Home which we watched earlier this semester, Tiger is another show that contains the style I have never know before. To be honest, I’m not even sure if Tiger was an art performance at all, because all I heard was the knowledge about history and nature. However, as I was listening to what Deke Weaver, the producer of the show, was speaking, I gradually got the sense of how his show related to art itself.

The card Deke have us to write down some notes about what our favorite animals were

I was not able to stay for the whole period because I had to leave the town that night, but I could still feel the special feeling Tiger gave me. I couldn’t take any pictures because he said it was forbidden and I only took one picture and had to retrieve teh other two from the event page of Tiger. Deke started by showing us pictures of all kinds of different animals, including tiger, and he informed us of the fact that tiger was voted as the most famous animal through research data. Deke then identifies himself as a naturalist, and let us listen to a video of sound from the nature, which sounded like the audio of going through a forest.

The little tiger toy he had that night for decorations of the stage, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

Deke’s tour in the wild, retrieved from here

Deke later stated the history of the east Asian area, and I did not understand how it related to tiger, the animal itself at all. Everything seemed unrelated and I was alreadying paying my full attention to his words. However, he helped us go through the whole thing and I started having a basic understand of what he was saying. There should be a conservation between humanity and nature. Deke used human-beings as humanity and tiger a nature to show us we should build a balance between our life.

I have to say I stil have not fully understood what Deke was saying that night, but at least I had this great chance to know a whole new art style. Also, tiger is also my favorite animal, and I believe there must be a link between me and the tiger as well.

Tiger: Raw and Intimate

Written by Raymond Diaz

TIGER, the 5th performance from Deke Weaver’s Unreliable Bestiary project, brings together a performance set on a more intimate stage. Through years of research and personal experiences Deke Weaver brings to the audience an abstract and almost curious performance, accompanied by dance, playing different characters to give a sense of location but also light-hearted comedic tone, as well as not straying away from rawness and expressing anger with how little time the Earth may have. A raw and intimate performance bringing together a series of short stories that string together the main point, tigers.

https://kam.illinois.edu/event/tiger-performance-no-5-unreliable-bestiary

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“Tiger” at KAM

By Rachel Yao

Deke Weaver performs his 5th Unreliable Bestiary project, which is about the Tiger, at the Krannert Art Museum on November 7th.

A photo of the stage before the performance with a tiger’s head projected in the background.
Two handouts given out to the audience before the performance began.

Throughout the play, Deke Weaver tells his story about the tiger using various methods. First, he portrays different characters as the story moves along. He plays a tour guide, portrayed by wearing a leather hat; he plays a intellect who lives in India, portrayed by wearing glasses and having an soft accented voice; he plays another character whom searches for tigers by wearing crushed garbage as armory and protection. By playing various characters in his performance, Weaver tells his story in an interesting and amusing way. Each character had moments in the spotlight that showcased they significance.

In addition to playing multiple characters, Weaver includes a “powerpoint” in the background of a mix of videos and photos to help tell his story. The photos and videos help establish setting, like in the deep forests searching for tiger, or on the plane waiting to land. The videos in between speeches also tell interesting stories and provide important facts and information. For example, one video explained how the tiger is used as a mascot for many, many companies, such as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal and Exxon gas. And, how the tiger population is vanishing. These factual videos really impacted me the most because it really shows how vulnerable these animals are, and how we humans are destroying or environment and ecosystems.

The beginning of the performance, with Deke Weaver on the left and a picture of the earth in the background.

In the performance, themes of journey and home emerged. The idea of journey was shown through the steps along the way, from being at home to traveling across the world to searching in forests for tigers. The way Weaver told his story made it seem as if we were on the journey with him, learning new pieces of information and exploring new regions of earth.

Link for more information on “Tiger”: https://kam.illinois.edu/event/tiger-performance-no-5-unreliable-bestiary