A production by The Border Project in association with Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Zoo

Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 March 2012

Humanity is defined by its desire to transcend its animal nature. Yet our animal instincts still govern much of human behaviour.

Following a sold out debut at the 2010 Adelaide Festival with Vs Macbeth, The Border Project returns with a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with Adelaide Zoo.

I Am Not An Animal transforms the Adelaide Zoo into an extraordinary installation performance. For the first time, the animals of the Zoo themselves become the subjects in a work of art, engaging with built objects, environments and human co-performers.

Experienced via an intricate guided audio tour, I Am Not An Animal creates a unique, immersive performance for each audience member. The tour is carefully constructed to allow the audience to observe both the animals and the humans in this space – exploring the way we represent animals in popular culture, the depth of their importance in our mythology, to what fears they awaken in us.

I Am Not An Animal examines the conflicted way we see ourselves in relation to other animals and to our own animal instincts.

(Not recommended for children 15 yrs and under.)

Premiering at the Adelaide Zoo for the 2012 Adelaide Festival and supported by ArtsSA’s Festivals Commissioning Fund

Directed by Sam Haren & Daniel Koerner
Composers Cameron Goodall & David Heinrich
Executive Producer Nichola Miles
Designer Amy Milhinch
Costume Designer Renate Henschke
Co-Creator/Performers Katherine Fyffe
Cameron Goodall
David Heinrich
Jude Henshall
Amber McMahon
Nathan O’Keefe
Alirio Zavarce
Performers Edwin Hodgeman
Jimmy Lloyd-Smith
Jonathon Oxlade
Astrid Pill
Alexandra Rice
Nadia Rossi
Bridget Walters
Brad Williams
Young Adelaide Voices


Winner of the 2012 Ruby Award for Innovation and nominated for 2012 Adelaide Critics Circle Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation.

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