Every industry must engage with the reality of ecological consequences and the performing arts can be a unique and powerful platform to imagine and inspire new realities. The ecostage pledge is about commitment and values, because with a conscious set of shared values we have a greater capacity to take action.
What: The ecostage pledge (www.ecostagepledge.com) is a new global initiative for the performing arts sector that aims to place ecological thinking at the heart of creative practice.
Why: Envisioned as a public declaration and conversation starter to help raise awareness of ecological issues, the pledge is intended as a platform for advocating change. It consists of a set of ecological values and provocations aimed at engaging with ecological practice as a creative endeavour that deepens our relationship to the more-than-human world.
Who: The pledge is for performance makers, directors, designers, choreographers, producers, administrators, technicians, video and sound artists, performers and playwrights (basically anyone who is passionate about sustainability in the performing arts!).
How: To join a community of ecologically-minded theatre makers, go to www.ecostagepledge.com and take the pledge and download the ‘ecostage pledge stamp’.
This initiative has been instigated by three ‘eco-scenographers’ (Tanja Beer, Andrea Carr and Alice Malia) and will be launched globally in 2015/2016. Beginning at ArtCop in Paris on the 4th of December, the ecostage pledge will launch in Australia at Cop-Out (Arts House, Melbourne) on the 11th of December.