Thinking Its Presence 2017 has ended
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Saturday, October 21 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Buffalo

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The Buffalo is a re-imagined outcome of a true story of a baby bison's encounter with humans. In the summer of 2016, a baby bison was euthanized by the park service in Yellowstone National Park after well-meaning tourists put the calf in the back of their SUV to protect it from the cold. It was 39 degrees outside. The bison, after experiencing human contact, was rejected by its mother and herd, imprinted on cars and humans, and tried to nurse on exhaust pipes, causing a danger to itself and other people.

The story of "The Buffalo" is a devised theatre piece told from the bison calf and his mother's perspective. It takes place in part in a prison cell, where the bison and his mother appear to the tourist-turned-prisoner repeatedly. We plan to utilize youtube home videos of people's trips to Yellowstone, shadow puppets, music and movement, as well as dialogue to investigate the story. The piece is an exploration of society's strained relationship with nature and the consequences of losing that connection. Through magical realism, we intend to ask our audience to examine our connection-or lack thereof-to nature, and the consequence of well meaning but misguided attempts to control or fix it.

Through this story, we are also exploring other forms of alienation: specifically relationships between Indigenous Americans and the colonialism of America, consumption and consumerism, fast fashion, mother child relationships, and technology's role in our human connections. Tonally, we intend for the piece to dwell in a slightly alienated humor.

We at MT+NYC Collaborative are deeply interested in both rural and urban audiences: how they are similar, how they are different, and where the universal human experience lies. We seek to utilize the audience as a lense to explore these facets of a story.  The participants at TIP are a fantastic demographic of academically minded fellow artists to provide feedback, and would be a unique opportunity for us to meet artists from both urban and rural communities in a single setting.   

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Brooke Swaney

Brooke Pepion Swaney (Amskapipiikuni, Selish descendent) is a film director and writer, who received her M.F.A. in Film and Television from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Swaney is a 2014 NACF Film Fellow, a 2013 Time Warner Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Native... Read More →

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Kendra Mylnechuk

Kendra Mylnechuk, co-Creator, Actress (Mother Bison): Kendra is a Native American (Lummi) actor, theatre artist, teaching artist, director and producer. She currently lives in Missoula, MT. Her film performances have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and other festivals around... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Theater at Poetry Center (Rubel Room)

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