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The Theater of Animal Death

Author(s): Monika Żółkoś
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Spectacles Involving Animals; Human Domination; Historical Animal Spectacle; Ancient Rome; Corrida

Summary/Abstract: The author describes spectacles involving animals, in which the act of human domination is perceived as imposing a structure upon the elemental and chaotic power of nature. The article is an attempt to analyze the historical "animal spectacle," from the days of staged hunts in Ancient Rome to the present-day corrida. The issue of putting animals to death is addressed, as is binding and devouring animals. Żółkoś also provides examples of their creative imagining and reinterpretation in various fields of art.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 119
  • Page Range: 71-78
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish