What differs us from animals? Less fur? Speech? Not quite, it's our ability to question why and how things come to be, and thus we are able to advance and create new technology.
Other animals, such as primates use tools for survival, but these tools haven't evolved for millions of years in some cases. Humans have adapted to environment that calls for less instictual behaviour. With modern advancements in technology, higher safety evaluations and a constant watch from Big Brother on our every move, our survival is less dependent upon our instincts.
Hiding in our houses we pretend that we aren't animals, that we have a higher level of intelligence, but by what measure? under pressure we fail more than any other creature, unaware of ourselves in the same respect, we often lose control.
How can we bridge this gap? What will make us more in tume with our instincts? As the world's resources rapidly run dry, will we be as safe in our houses? Survival won't be so easy.
The Bonobo is our closest relative in the animal kingdom. They are better known for being the most sexual animal in the world. They are one of two animals (not including humans) that orgasm during sex and the only other creature to tongue-kiss. their affectionate behaviour is evident in their mannerisms but sex is used more productively.
With a wide variety of partners of all genders and ages they use sex as a way of relieveing tension in the group, a way to say thank you, sorry, to show that they are all equals. As a result they are the least aggressive primates, they don't attack other groups of Bonobos and they have a far more efficient way of collecting fruit than chimpanzees or gorillas.
This documentary was created to be shown at the beginning of a performance, aiming to blur the lines between humans and animals; through the exploration of Bonobos cognitive behavioural patterns in an improv-game environment.