The actor plants his face in the dirt, and grunts when he roots out an apple. Defecating on stage is also part of his role in an avant-garde production of Hans Christian Andersen's linkurl:"The Swineherd,"; performed this year in an old equestrian arena at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Life Sciences in Denmark.The actor was a 6-month-old, 200-pound pig, one of seven raised for a glamorous but short stage life. After the last performance in November, the pig and his porcine costars were to be butchered for a banquet in which everything, including the dessert, contained pork.

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The project was developed by the performance group linkurl:von Heiduck,; which hired two animal behavior specialists to train the thespian pigs. Dorte Bratbo Sørensen is an assistant professor at the university, where she teaches scientists how to train laboratory animals to cooperate in clinical procedures, like getting weighed,...
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An actor from the play
with his porcine costars

Image: Alexander Schwenn

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