Multimedia Layers Highlight Disorientation in The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for the Pig

An exacting and purposeful choral collage, complete with beers

Multimedia Layers Highlight Disorientation in <i>The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for the Pig</i>
Arthur Cornelius

When is a traditional Czech pig roast just a pig roast? And when is it something more, perhaps an intimation of popular revolution? The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for the Pig folk-dances atop this fine line with a wink and nod throughout its 80 perky minutes. Meanwhile, we spectators take part in the feast — and generate a little Velvet Revolution–style people power — by enjoying Slovak pork sandwiches and Czech beers.

Havel's short 1987 tale of a dissident author's hunt for a pig to serve at a celebration, and his absurd entanglement with wheeling and dealing peasants and journalists, was originally published in samizdat journals. For a 2010 staging, Vladimir Moravek spliced that original text with rural celebration scenes from The Bartered Bride, the 1860s Czech operetta; now, at 3-Legged Dog, adapter Edward Einhorn has added multimedia layers to highlight Havel's allegories of political disorientation in the glasnost era.

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3LD Art & Technology Center

80 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10006

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Financial District

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The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for the Pig
By Vaclav Havel and Vladimir Moravek
3LD Art + Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street
866-811-4111, 3ldnyc.org

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It's an exacting and purposeful project, and we can hear echoes of Havel's distress today from Cairo to Kiev. Though the narrative elements lack a certain drive in director Henry Akona's staging, The Pig is not so much a play as a suggestive choral collage, best seen from the bottom of a pilsner bottle and the right side of history.

 
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