AnimalParts disrupts, disturbs and dismantles the establishment through controlled theatrical chaos. Rigorous and irreverent in equal measure, their work is rooted in a highly physical, post-dramatic approach that invites the audience to be an active participant in every inquiry. AnimalParts’ body of work is bound together by its critique of society, examination of self, dismantling of theatrical forms, and a near dangerous level of exuberance. Founded in New York City by Canadians Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz, their works have been presented in New York, across Canada, and in Europe.
Madame Bovary — adapted from Flaubert’s subversively satirical 1856 novel — seeks to attack experimental theatre forms, the hypocrisy of contemporary culture, and the white, male, cisgender privilege of its creators. The audience experiences Emma Bovary’s hopes and dreams for a beautiful life within the context of patriarchy by casting her as an actual French poodle, a 6-year-old girl — and finally — a WOMAN. Madame Bovary was developed at The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, and workshopped in artistic collaboration with Vancouver’s Studio 58 Theatre School. Development continues in Spring of 2017, in residency at Abrons Arts Center in New York City.
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