In Development: Borrowed Prey: Part II
Borrowed Prey seeks to unveil spaces of connection/disconnection around death in our culture. It is an interdisciplinary performance diptych that moves beyond commentary from afar to engage inside a community. Borrowed Prey will not only be a performance in two parts, but also include participatory workshops around its central ideas about empathy and death.
Where Borrowed Prey: part I looked at empathy between animals we consume and ourselves, in Borrowed Prey: part II choreographer Carrie Ahern looks at our capacity for empathy on a human scale. With modern culture’s tendency to prolong life at almost any cost, are we capable of embracing death? Borrowed Prey: part I is a duet between Ahern and a slaughtered lamb, part II shifts to a duet with dancer Carolyn Hall. Composer/vocalist Anne Hege continues in the diptych. Where cultural dying ritual seems lacking in the Western world, Ahern, Hall and Hege reveal a communal ritual that promotes connection. They promote a life-affirming interconnectedness as an alternative to our culture’s current sanitized process.