Wild Tiger, the most abundant species among the Felidae, is an endangers species now. Deke Weaver, a writer-performer, designer, theater, and media artist, traveled to central India’s Pench National Park, which is one of India’s last sanctuaries for wild tigers and many other areas, such as the edge of the Bay of Bengal. After these travel experiences, Deke Weaver build a performance that shows a connection between animals and people.
A unique experience regarding the world of wildlife
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.
What a unique performance performed and directed by Deve
I like how Deve place the underlying message of protecting
the endangered animals through this whimsical play.
He used many different strategies to display the relationship between humans and tigers. From role-playing many different characters in which Deve played more than 3 characters during the play and sometimes doing 2 characters simultaneously!
Moreover, he used music and a song to talk about the fragile
relationship between the tigers and humans, how the tigers are eating the
humans and how the humans are attacking the tigers.
He did many other strategies such as repetitively playing a
certain film again and again as he shares his story.
But among all the strategies, the greatest impact is when he got everyone to do something together. One moment was when we stand up and hummed to summon the tiger spirit. I could feel the resonance on my chest as everyone hums together. It was about a whole minute of humming!
Another moment was when we got everyone to read out loud the words on the screen. It was quite shocking how everyone was so participative and with that kind of engagement, it just creates a mark to remember and bring back after the play.
Home… This is a word many people hold very close to their hearts. It is not just a physical place, but it is about the people that live in that house that gives substance and meaning to the word home.
This word also resonates in the Tiger performance it talked
about India’s Pench National Park is one of India’s last sanctuary to the wild
tigers. With tigers being endangered, it really pains my heart to see how these
home for the tigers is literally their only hope for a home in the entire
It got me to ponder deeply too, my family is the only home in the entire world, what am I doing to protect it? What am I doing to build that home? How am I thankful for that home? As Thanksgiving is coming, let’s not wait till then to be thankful and do something for our family. It starts now. What can I do today to appreciate my home? 😊
IS YOUR BELOVED FAMILY PET A RESCUE?
PRARIELAND FEEDS IS LENDING SUPPORT TO ANIMAL LOVERS AND ANIMALS IN NEED.
THIS WEEKEND MARKED THE TWENTY-THRID ANNUAL PET FAIR EXTRAVAGANZA.
ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS FIGHT FOR THE WELL BEING OF ANIMALS YEAR ROUND.
AT THE EXTRAVAGANZA THEY CONNECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH ANIMALS THAT HAVE OVERCOME STARVATION AND ABUSE.
IT’S A WIN WIN FOR EVERYONE WHEN KIDS GET TO PLAY AND ANIMALS GET SOME LOVING.
ANIMALS NEED TO BE RESCUED YEAR ROUND, SO DON’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT FESTIVAL TO HELP OUT.