Milee the Sheep and her Animal Orchestra
Performance by Feng-Ru Lee
Saturday 7th November 2009
The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln
Feng-Ru Lee created her alter-ego Milee the Sheep is a response and a homage to Dolly, the world's first successfully cloned mammal. Performing as Milee the Sheep, Lee formed an orchestra of eight other cloned animals. These participant/performers became part of the work which combined film, sound and live action. Composed of three discrete sections the work started with a short film depicting Milee the Sheep and her orchestra playing musical instruments in a woodland environment late into the night.
The second part saw the orchestra, who were seated as members of the audience, rise from their seats, put on their animal heads and take to the floor. The music they made was disjointed, haunting and broken, a reflection of the result of human interference and experimentation. Finally, Lee conducted the audience in a participatory session, where they became part of a one-minute sound work, using paper as the primary instrument.