Borrowed Prey – A Performance in a Butcher Shop

Carrie Ahern's "Borrowed Prey", photo by Kris Martin

I was filled with both trepidation and curiosity when I received the press release for Carrie Ahern‘s latest project. Borrowed Prey, a solo conceived, directed, researched, and performed by Ahern, will come to a butcher shop at Chelsea Market next week. Yes, a butcher shop. It doesn’t sound like it’s for the faint of heart, and I’m still unsure of how to prepare for this type of experience. Below is an excerpt from the press release. Tickets to Borrowed Prey can be purchased here. Performances are April 26th through May 13th – Thursdays and Fridays at 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm. Go see it if you dare.

Carrie Ahern Dance/Present Pariah, Inc is pleased to present the world premiere of Borrowed Prey inside the Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, NYC, at Dicksonʼs Farmstand MeatsBorrowed Prey is an hour-long solo performance by Carrie Ahern inside a butcher shop. Borrowed Prey is a provocative investigation into our relationship to the animals most of us consume. Bringing together 4 strands of research: hunting, butchering, and slaughtering of animals, plus the work of animal behavior scientist and autistic Dr. Temple Grandin, Borrowed Prey attempts to illuminate more about the true “farm to table” process and our human capacity for empathy.  Ahern questions the slippery nature of anthropomorphism and death in our culture. The work includes butchering of a lamb and meat will be made available for sale post show.

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