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Human Body Theater: A Non-Fiction Revue

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Aristotle’s innovative anatomic techniques allowed for the development of the principles in scientific description, observation, and language. Designed for middle school youth, this work of graphic nonfiction is organized into eleven acts using a theater theme. It does this in a very relaxed and amusing way, but I'm glad I read ahead so I could skip a few parts I didn't think my kids were ready for -- if you have younger kids you might want to do the same just so you're not surprised!

Although Stelarc describes the experience as ‘exquisitely painful’ this was not the point of the performance. c. 210 AD), the most famous physician in the Roman Empire, would come to impact the field of human anatomy for well over 1,500 years after his death.

For twenty years Stelarc, the Melbourne-based performance artist, has been creating work which explores the physiological and psychological parameters of the body.

In the centuries that followed the Renaissance, governments would use this public perception as a crime deterrent. The "host" is Bones, a skeleton, who deftly leads us through several "acts" of the human body systems, introducing us to all kinds of interesting characters, from a chorus line of germs to the five oversized senses, to the poor "finger" who has to serve as an example of many different body problems. I love that it is packed full of information told in an interesting format, and my daughter loved the cute illustrations. Michelangelo actively participated in public dissections and it is believed he may had aspired to become an anatomical scholar. Public dissections were increasingly commonplace during the Renaissance, and general audiences perceived dissection as a great dishonor; a violation on the dissected which made their bodies unfit for a funeral.The emergence of Christianity in Europe during the Middle Ages would lead religious and political authorities to prohibit the practice of cadaveric dissection. Indian anatomists maintained a close collaborative partnership with their Arabic counterparts during the Middle Ages. The western medical community instead relied upon Aristotelian and Galenic theories to guide their clinical practices.

The rest of the creative team includes Fly Davis (designer), Joshua Pharo (lighting designer), Ben and Max Ringham (sound designers and composers), Nathan Amzi and Joe Ransom (video designers), and Kate Waters (fight director). His work would greatly influence modern anatomical thought, especially in the realm of illustration. It is the belief that the body is now obsolete and not up to the job of functioning in the modern world that inspires performance artists like Orlan and Stelarc and provides the reasons why they use state of the art technology in their work. The Human Body runs from 16 February until 13 April 2024, with a press night scheduled for 27 February.While Ancient Greek anatomists like Galen had only dissected animal bodies, human dissection was commonplace in Persia as far back as the 10th millennium BC. Andreas Vesalius, the predecessor of neurosurgery: How his progressive scientific achievements affected his professional life and destiny. Marking Kirkwood’s Donmar debut, the new play is set during the birth of the NHS in the 1940s and follows a romantic frisson between a Labour councillor GP and a local lad who has made it big in Hollywood. Stelarc's recent performance at the ICA, Split Bodies: Voltage In / Voltage Out, was a literal exploration of the interaction/intervention between the body and technology.

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