Nov 8-12, 2018



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Wolf is the third chapter in Deke Weaver’s lifelong endeavor, The Unreliable Bestiary, a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered species. Inspired by the literary concept of the unreliable narrator and the medieval bestiary, which gave every living thing a spiritual purpose, The Unreliable Bestiary is an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. With climate change and an exploding population pushing half the species on the planet into extinction, and with the lions and tigers and bears of our ancient myths and stories threatened, Weaver’s project makes us wonder: What will we do when our dreams disappear?

Sheep-killer to ranchers, spirit animal to New Age seekers, admired by many hunting cultures, devil incarnate to medieval European farmers — the wolf’s spot at the top of the food chain elicits strong reactions. Wherever the wolf peers out of the forest, he stirs up the old stories. On stage, Weaver will perform his own versions of these stories, with video accompaniment. According to Dennis Harvey of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Weaver’s writing intrigues, while his conspiratorial, cool-to-manic stage presence trips nuggets of off-kilter humor like a tap dance through landmines.”

An opening reception sponsored by Rice University’s 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, for the video installations “Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain Pine Beetle” by Maria Whiteman and Cary Wolfe and the live performance piece, “Wolf,” by Deke Weaver will take place in the XLAB space of 3CT and Rice Public Art, Room 202, Rice Biosciences Research Collaborative (BRC), at the corner of Main and University on November 15, 5:30-7:00.

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