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Deke Weaver

Deke Weaver is a writer-performer, designer, theater and media artist and project director of The Unreliable Bestiary.

Deke Weaver’s interdisciplinary work has been presented in theater, dance, and film/video venues such as Sundance Film Festival, New York Video Festival (Lincoln Center), Berlin Video Festival, PBS, Channel 4/U.K., Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, Chicago Humanities Festival, Dixon Place, HERE, the Moth, Roulette, Judson Memorial Church, Tonic, Galapagos, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 21c Museum Hotels, and many others including livestock pavilions, national parks, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms. A Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital grantee, a resident artist at Yaddo, Isle Royale National Park, a three-time resident at Ucross, and a six-time fellow at MacDowell, he has been awarded commissions and grants from the city of San Francisco, the states of New York and Illinois, the University of Illinois, and other public and private foundations.  He is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with appointments in the School of Art & Design, the Department of Theatre, the Department of Dance, and faculty affiliation with the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.   www.unreliablebestiary.org
 

Performers in animal masks kneel on all fours beneath the shadow of a tree at night.
The Speculative Ecologies of The Unreliable Bestiary
Essay

The Speculative Ecologies of The Unreliable Bestiary

24 April 2024

Deke Weaver discusses his life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary: an ark of full-length performances about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. Through this ambitious project, Deke and his team draw out the connections between disparate local and global dots and illustrate how the personal is political.

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