Ecoscenography Reading Group for November

The Ecoscenography Reading Group welcomes all who are interested in a broader discussion on ecological design, primarily in live performance

Welcome back to our third and final Ecoscenography Reading Group of 2021!

Our upcoming session will be held virtually on November 22nd at 7:30pm Toronto time (GMT-4) / November 23rd at 10:30 am Brisbane time (AEST) through our Zoom Webinar platform hosted by The Queensland University of Technology. Upon registering with our Eventbrite link, you will receive access to the selected plays that will be explored in this session. We encourage you to have a read of these plays beforehand to engage in our Q&A with our panel and attendees. Our November Reading Group will be working with three texts selected from the Climate Change Theatre Action’s (CCTA) 2021 call-out that addresses the central themes of Growth and Reflection. We will be joined by guest live performance designer panellists, Ian Garrett (Toronto, CAD), Bronwyn Pringle (Melbourne, Australia) and Tony Brumpton (Brisbane, AUS). Our discussion will explore ecoscenographic responses to the plays, particularly how spatial, lighting and sound designers can create sustainable, unique and provocative experiences that forefront ecological issues.

To learn more, please visit: Ecoscenography Reading Group

Our selected CCTA plays for the November Ecoscenography Reading Group are:

Whistler by Giancarlo Abraham (Philippines)

Envisioning a Global Green New Deal through the history of an ever-changing landscape. Communication and misunderstanding with human displacement.

Molong by Damon Chua(US/Singapore)

Connection to the land and the spiritual tie that beats the scientific statistics. Indigenous peoples make up about 6% of the world population but inhabit more than a quarter of our planet’s land area. Harnessing their knowledge and philosophies on sustainability is vital to the future of biodiversity and humankind.

Mizhakwad (The Sky Is Clear) by Dylan Thomas Elwood (US)

Portraying of deep-seated anxiety for climate change. An urgency to embrace our connection with the land.

Learn more about our guest panellists for our November edition:

Ian Garrett (Canada) is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Producer for Toasterlab, a mixed reality performance collective. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, accessible technologies and scenography

Bronwyn Pringle (Australia) is a Lighting Designer and Theatre Maker who has worked in a plethora of performance spaces including, a London Nightclub, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts and a wool-shed. Bronwyn has received multiple Green Room Awards including the 2020 Award for Technical Achievement and holds a Masters in Design for Performance from the University of Melbourne.

Tony Brumpton (Australia) is an Australian based artist and academic working in the field of Aural Scenography. He likes the sound of birds more than planes.

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