We felt instantly drawn into a kind of mythmaking in process, as we watched The Warrior Ant
come to life.
Most of Ecco Porco and almost all of The Warrior Ant
and The MahabharANTa remain untouched.
It's been pretty well established by now (The Mahabharata, Les Atrides, The Warrior Ant
) that the cross-cultural exercise doesn't give the funny bone much of a workout.
The third installation of a trilogy that includes The Shaggy Dog Animation and The Warrior Ant
, An Epidog is the after-death account of a dog's life told through Japanese Bunraku puppetry.
Despite the inflated title, the project under development (which was on view at Richard Foreman's Ontological Hysteric Theater in New York City this past November) is a winningly modest piece of work, having little in common with the technological grandiosities of late '80s Breuer work like The Warrior Ant
proper, Sister Suzie Cinema, or even The Gospel at Colonus.
Especially noteworthy are her glimpses of Fornes's remarkable skill at fostering a kind of dynamic immobility in her actors, an "active stillness," by urging them "to find that hollow, that space inside you, that place where I am when I write"; Akalaitis's fascination with the "mechanical" and the "utilitarian," and her "avoidance of interpretation" during the early part of the rehearsal process; Wilson's coaching actors with kinetic rather than psychological language, and his technique of creating structure not through naturalistic dialogue but by postulating "lines of force on the stage" (like "a diagram of a tennis match"); and Breuer's proficiency at "splintering" the title character of The Warrior Ant
by using multiple impersonations: narrators, singers, dancers and puppets.
You may have to do this on a regular basis though to keep those ants at bay."Louise Wrankmore replied with: "A great idea but these tiny little guys are hardcore warrior ants
that just won't disappear!"The pharaoh ant, whose origins are unknown, has now been introduced to virtually every area of the world, including Europe, the Americas, Australasia and Southeast Asia.