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    Farmanimalfarm

    A contemporary adaptation of George Orwell's political satire, "AnimalFarm." It premiered August 8, 2003 in celebration of the centennial of Orwell's birth at Civita di Bagnoregio at the CivitArte Festival. In Orwell's story, a group of barn animals overthrow their human masters and set up an egalitarian society of their own. Eventually the animals' intelligent and power-loving leaders, the pigs, sabotage the revolution and form a dictatorship whose bondage is even more oppressive than that of their former human masters. The pigs, along with their ruthless leader, Napoleon, thus become the ruling class and the decision makers of the farm. It is a story of a revolution betrayed by its own leaders. Director Rolando Macrini has created a new sound language that reveals the intimate identity of the animals, a sort of ESP for horses, chickens, sheep, donkeys and pigs. There is also, in his words, an "intense conception of space and rhythm" that simulates the fields, farm, and the windmill. The result is a tribute to the author's genius and a bold experiment in translating prose into a theatrical form of art. The play utilizes "words in verses, verses that become words, sounds," according to Macrini. The play also speaks through the dramatic movements of the actors' bodies and limbs. The visual concept is particularly striking: orthopedic props and equipment such as crutches, aluminum walkers, support corsets and collars, transform the stage into a geriatric hospital ward, an example of the life conditions in which animals are kept for domestic exploitation and for the slaughterhouse. The visual impact is shocking and prompts reflection on the exploitation and torment of the animal world by cruel humans. The ending place of "Farmanimalfarm" and Orwell's masterpiece are the same: the emptiness and delusion of power, of revolution, and of ideologies.

    Dates:  Oct. 30, 2003 - Nov. 16, 2003
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sun. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
    Venue:  La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.
    Price:  $15
    Tickets/info:  (212) 475-7710


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