“There are 193 species of monkeys and apes, 192 of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape self-named Homo sapiens. This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones. He is proud that he has the largest brain of all primates… He is an intensely vocal, acutely exploratory, over-crowded ape, and it is high time we examined his basic behaviour…”
“In becoming so erudite, Homo sapiens has remained a naked ape nevertheless; in acquiring lofty new motives, he has lost none of the early old ones. This is frequently a cause of some embarrassment to him, but his old impulses have been with him for millions of years, his new ones only a few thousand at the most ‒ and there is no hope of quickly shrugging off the accumulated genetic legacy of his whole evolutionary past. He would be a far less worried and more fulfilled animal if only he would face up to this fact…”
(Desmond Morris – The Naked Ape)
While Desmond Morris studies humanity’s animal-like qualities through scientific research based on ethology, Scimmie Nude tries to spot the foundations of human behavior and life.
Human beings are primates, they’re apes in crisis that follow, in their social and sexual lives, the behavioral patterns established by cultural tradition, though they often give in to primary instincts, finding themselves at a loss and feeling hurt.
Therefore Scimmie Nude pursues the use of theatre to investigate the human condition, and the creation of an environment where performers meet and exchange views with the audience, which needs to identify with what it sees. We want to start from our experience, our way of moving through space, of interacting, loving and facing one another through a progressive in-depth, scientific-based study of acting techniques.