Theatre and Climate Change / Quand le théâtre lance un appel à l’action face aux changements climatiques

Organizer / Comité d’organisation : Sheila Christie

With / Avec :

  • Beth Osnes, who will discuss her youth engagement project, Shine
  • David W Geary, who will discuss Māori trickster theatre
  • Dennis Gupa, who will discuss his theatrical dissertation work on climate crises in the Philippines
  • Ian Garrett, who will discuss eco-scenography
  • Jordan Hall, who will discuss the idea of theatre as an intervention and the problem of motivating action
  • Katie Welch, who will discuss her Red Rebel climate change protest performances
  • Kendra Fanconi, who will discuss her work with The Only Animal company
  • Kimberley Richards, who will discuss the idea of Green New Deal theatre
  • Scott Sharplin, who will discuss his climate themed scripts, Good Animals and Bear Witness

Structure

Summary / Résumé

The climate crisis is the most urgent global issue of our time. Theatre has an important role to play in helping people examine the values that have contributed to the crisis, as well as facilitating shifts in perceptions and practices that will mitigate the catastrophic effects of global warming. Artists and activists are using theatre to raise consciousness, shift the “Overton window,” and explore possible futures. Activist groups, like Extinction Rebellion, use “agit-prop” tactics to promote social and political change; theatre companies experiment with carbon-neutral productions; and writers, artists, and producers develop new scripts and performances foregrounding climate change. This roundtable invites activists and artists to share recent, ongoing, or upcoming projects, discussing their tactics and intentions, as well as the reception their projects have received. In addition to providing an overview of their projects, presenters will discuss the following questions:

  • How can we use theatre as a resource in the climate change crisis? 
  • What are the goals of artists and activists with respect to the climate crisis? What can we expect to achieve (or not) using theatre in this way?
  • What theatrical tactics prove effective for shifting attitudes and behaviours about climate change and our relationship to the environment and its resources?
  • How do audiences and media respond to climate-inspired theatre?
  • What are some of the barriers to effective climate action within theatre practice?

La crise climatique actuelle est l’enjeu mondial le plus pressant de notre époque. Le théâtre remplit un rôle important dans l’examen des valeurs ayant contribué à cette crise, dans la modification des perceptions qu’on en a et dans la recherche de pratiques susceptibles de mitiger les effets dévastateurs des changements climatiques. En ce moment, artistes et activistes utilisent le théâtre comme outil de conscientisation, pour changer la fenêtre de discours et pour explorer des futurs possibles. Certains groupes activistes comme Extinction Rebellion emploient des stratégies empruntées au théâtre d’« agit-prop » pour promouvoir des changements sociaux et politiques. De même, plusieurs compagnies de théâtre explorent de nouveaux modèles afin de réduire leur empreinte carbone. Aussi assiste-t-on à la création de nouveaux textes et de nouveaux spectacles qui mettent les changements climatiques au premier plan. Cette table ronde invite artistes et activistes à discuter de leurs projets récents ou en cours, de leurs objectifs et stratégies, ainsi que de la réception de leur travail. En plus d’offrir un survol de leurs activités, les participants et participantes seront amenés à explorer les questions suivantes :

  • Comment pouvons-nous utiliser le théâtre comme ressource dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques ?
  • Quels sont les objectifs des artistes et des activistes en ce qui concerne la crise climatique ? Que pouvons-nous espérer obtenir en utilisant le théâtre de cette façon ?
  • Quelles stratégies propres au théâtre s’avèrent efficaces pour modifier les attitudes et comportements face à la crise, et pour changer notre relation à l’environnement et à ses ressources ?
  • Comment le public et les médias réagissent-ils aux œuvres de théâtre s’articulant autour des questions climatiques ?
  • Quels obstacles viennent entraver une action climatique efficace dans le milieu théâtral ?

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Participant Biographies / Biographies des participants

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Transcripts / Transcriptions

Full Transcript

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Introductions

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Part One

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Part Two

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Part Three

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Video / Vidéo

Theatre and Climate Change Crisis 4

Discussion Papers / Documents de discussion

Beth Osnes – Shine

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David Geary – Indigenous Theatre and the Climate Crisis

https://howlround.com/indigenous-theatre-and-climate-crisis

Dennis Gupa – De-futuring Climate Crises in the Dramaturgy of the Island

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Iran Garrett – Eco-scenography

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Jordan Hall – We Don’t Need to Change Minds About Climate Change

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Katie Welch – Extinction Rebellion Kamloops: Red Rebels and Beyond

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Kendra Fanconi – Artist Brigade: bringing Arts and Artists to the Climate Frontlines

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Kimberly Richards – Seeding A Green New Theatre in Canada

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Scott Sharplin – Calls to Action

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2 Replies to “Theatre and Climate Change / Quand le théâtre lance un appel à l’action face aux changements climatiques

  1. Welcome! Please enjoy perusing the materials for our session. I recommend you start with either the video or the transcript, and refer to the bios and discussion papers if you are curious to learn more about specific presenters and their ideas.

    We look forward to your thoughts, comments, and questions. What stands out from the conversation as useful to your work? What other advice do you have based on the work you have been doing or have seen others doing? Please feel free to share your projects as well!

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