Atlanta, GA, April 20, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- In a zoo in Arnhem, a modern day Macbeth unfolds. Hominid is based on the true story of conspiracy, murder and suicide captured by Frans de Waal, PhD, in Chimpanzee Politics.
The Lunatics and Out of Hand return this story to the great outdoors, in a spectacular depiction of the politics, intrigue and capacity for empathy we share with the other great apes. Science and Art collide in this international, location theatre collaboration. Hominid will play at Burger's Zoo in Arnhem, the site of the original events on which the performance is based.
"In 'Hominid', we get to look at people as apes and look at apes as people. It's amazing how like us they are, and how much of what we do and think isn't unique at all, it's just part of being an ape," says director Ariel de Man. "Working with Frans de Waal is incredible. Rarely do we get to be in the same room with minds of his caliber, with someone who's literally changing our perceptions of what it means to be human."
"Hominid" mixes de Waal's research with Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra's documentary "The Family of Chimps" and a true story of murder and suicide in the largest chimpanzee colony in captivity to shed light on the human ape. "Hominid" is based on Chimpanzee Politics by Dr. de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Candler professor of psychology at Emory University.
"Hominid" will feature Atlanta professional theater makers and Co-Artistic Directors Adam Fristoe and Ariel de Man working in collaboration with The Lunatics, Dutch location theater specialists who have toured the world making large scale spectacle performances. "Hominid" will perform for 600 people at a time in locations across Europe.
"Hominid" is commissioned by and developed with the support of the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, and sponsored in part by a grant from the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts (www.creativity.emory.edu) through commission funding of the Creativity & the Arts Initiative of the University's Strategic Plan. This production is co-sponsored by Emory's Program in Science & Society and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.
Hominid European Tour Dates
Detmold, Germany May 20 -23rd
Arnhem, Netherlands May 27 - June 6 (6 performances during this time)
Terschelling, Netherlands (Oerol Festival) June 10 - 19
Amersfoort, Netherlands June 24, 25, 26
Utrecht, Netherlands June 29, 30 1, 2, 3 July
Contact Co-Artistic Director Adam Fristoe for more information
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