“Animal Farm” dance performance at MOCA



MOCA (Museum of Modern Art), 265 S. Church Ave. (west of Stone Ave.) Tucson

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30pm

Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30pm

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7:30pm  — extremely limited seating

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00pm

$27.00 Reserved Seating

Artifact Dance Project opens the season with an innovative and unique adaptation of George Orwell’s famous short novel, Animal Farm. Performed inside MOCA (Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art), Animal Farm is an art installation of movement and music portraying one of society’s most famous and controversial narratives.

Buy tickets $27 reserved seating at http://artifactdanceproject.tix.com/schedule.aspx?orgnum=5286

Carolyn’s note: Happy to see this novel adapted into a dance project.  Orwell was (and still is) one of my favorite authors, being as I was married in the ominous year of 1984. I just re-read this short novel, first written in 1945, about farm animals driving out their owner/master and farm hands, setting up their own Animalism “government”on the farm, with 7 commandments (one declaring that “all animals are equal”).  Over the years the animals become led by the “smarter” ones, the pigs (with cruel Leader Napoleon, guarded by a pack of dogs), who create arduous work for all the rest of the animals.  Although the animals have to fight off the outside human enemies (armed with guns),  it seems that conditions aren’t really better on Animal Farm, and memories fade as to what exactly life was like before under human rule. The sheep on the farm  are similar to the “sheeple” in our society. This powerful, insidious, totalitarian story resonates just as well today, as it did in post-war England.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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