Emily Mast

4030 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 emilymast@yahoo.com



For the past year I have been working on a multi-compositional project called The Cage is a Stage that explores and examines both the political implications of marginalization and the behavior of humans through a cultural understanding of animal nature.During the development of my project I researched both animal captivity and human confinement. I conducted interviews with animal experts, including a zoo curator, an anthrozoologist (who studies the interaction between humans and animals) and a telepathic interspecies communicator.  At the same time, I examined emotional expression in animals, the affective bonds between humans and animals, and the intersections of speciesism, racism, and sexism. To highlight my findings, I cast a core group of performers to physically interpret and embody these integrative points of interest. The cast is comprised of a method actor who specializes in emulating ape movement, a Butoh dancer who explores animal and human social psychology, a ballerina turned cirque performer, an artist who works with the animal/human gaze, and a child actor and horse fanatic.

I will be presenting the stage version of The Cage is a Stage on July 21, 22 & 23 at REDCAT in Los Angeles for their New Original Works (NOW) festival. The performance features Heyward Bracey, Kiara Gamboa, Garrett Hallman, Nikii Henry, Lucas Littlejohn, Zut Lors and Joe Seely. Sound by Ted Byrnes & Michael Day. Lighting by Noah Feaver, Matthew Johns & Oz Weaver. The Cage is a Stage was originally commissioned by The Power Plant in Toronto and the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Cage is a Stage (Field Notes) pdf publication can be accessed here.

Photo: Betsy Lin Seder