Friday morning at Earth Matters on Stage a small group of us piled into the video conferencing room in the Knight Library at University of Oregon to have a conversation with our interested counterparts in the UK. Our second, but certainly more ambitious, video conference of the day, it harkens back to the discussion surrounding travel, the arts and conferences that has been come up at the RSA here (also to be seen in our archives as part of our feed syndication).
From the Ashden Directory Blog:
Our DVD contribution to Earth Matters On Stage is now online. The interviewees address the question: ‘What Can Be Asked? What Can Be Shown? British Theatre in the Time of Climate Instability.’ (The interviews can also be watched individually.)
Quoting Rilke, Dan Gretton considers the value of quickening the pace of artistic response and cautions against the narcissism of frenzy.
On her allotment, Clare Patey explains how a year-long project changed the quality of the conversation amongst its participants.
From his office in the East End, Paul Heritage raises the question ofthose who are talked about rather than those who are talking.
With the Lake District as her backdrop, Wallace Heim asks how climate change differs from other political situations and how this might alter the ways in which theatre can be made.
Finally, Mojisola Adebayo performs the first moments of her play Moj of the Antarctic and wonders if some people in theatre think they’re above climate change.
You also can watch each person’s contribution as a separate sequence:
Clare Patey, artist and curator
responds to Dan Gretton’s question,
‘Can you talk about the role that slowing down and reflectivity plays, both in your creative process and your interaction with your audiences?’
João André da Rocha
João André da Rocha, performer, producer, People’s Palace Projects and Nós do Morro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
responds to Clare Patey’s question,
‘How can we reunite culture and agriculture through performance?’
A transcript is here
Paul Heritage, producer, director People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary’s University
responds to João André da Rocha’s question,
‘What steps are you taking to descrease the impact of your life in the world?’
Wallace Heim, co-editor Ashden Directory, academic
responds to Paul Heritage’s question,
‘How can we listen to, see, feel and learn from those who are talked about rather than those who are talking in the great climate change debate?’
Mojisola Adebayo, artist, theatre-maker
responds to Wallace Heim’s question,
‘What would you keep from theatre and performance practice and what needs to change in response to climate instability?’
The film is edited by Adam Clarke and directed by Wallace Heim.
‘What can be asked? What can be shown? British theatre and performance in the age of climate instabilit