This month’s podcast features circus artist and podcaster Eliana Dunlap. She is using circus arts to raise awareness about climate change. Eliana was not born into a circus family; instead she learned circus arts at a circus school in the province of Quebec in Canada. Her circus skill set is impressive and includes acrobatics, juggling, dance, and her specialty, the German Wheel. She has been performing circus arts in non-traditional spaces. She is also someone who is creatively responding to climate change. Through her podcast, “Changing the World and Other Circus Related Things,” she is connecting with other concerned circus artists. She is one of the founding members of the Circus Action Network.
Eliana likens the high-stakes world of circus arts to the challenges we face with climate change. She sees examples in the circus world of how we can get people from various backgrounds to work together. This summer she and a friend will do street performances of a new circus art show called High Stakes – What’s the Plan(t)? In addition to lots of juggling and acrobatics, the show features a live plant as part of the action.
In this fascinating interview, Eliana opens up about the world of circus and how she and other concerned artists are creating avenues for a deeper conversation about climate change.
Coming up next month, Elizabeth Doud takes on the role of Siren Jones in her one-person performance, The Mermaid Tear Factory. She also explains why she sees Miami as a city of the future.
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This article is part of The Art House series.
As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson reissues The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @ citizensclimatelobby.org
Artists and Climate Change is a blog that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.
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