AN ANATOMY ACT
Imagine a performance event somewhere between an academic lecture and cabaret.
Conflating her roles as a theatre director, writer, and professor, this unique event has Furse delivering a vividly animated performance lecture, accompanied by haunting saw-playing and illuminating video. The Anatomy Theatres of Renaissance Europe were the gore movies of their day. The public gawped in fear and fascination at the criminal being doubly punished by dissection. Furse takes this idea and runs with it, taking us on a journey of discovery to contemplate our bodies, dead or alive, as she segues from personal loss to the circulation of the blood, from Elizabeth 1 to Lady Gaga. This show wants to make us think about the meaning of life and why we fear death, inviting us to spend a little time to reflect on our heart and souls – and agree on exactly where our liver is.
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Touring in 2018.
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The production is a creative collaboration between director/writer/performer Anna Furse, musician David Coulter, and scenographer Mela Dell’ Erba of Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo.
Research is in collaboration with The Anatomy Department, Trinity College, Dublin and Kings College, London.
THE ANATOMY ACT is a Residency Commission within CREATE- Ireland’s EU–funded Collaborative Arts Partnership programme (CAPP) and for Live Collision Festival, Dublin.
All photography with thanks to Abigail Deniston and Nina Klaff