In this eerie one-woman performance, a showing of an environmental play has been canceled at the last minute and the production dramaturg has been asked to step in to explain what has happened. Rather than sticking to a script with which she no longer quite agrees, she decides to go off-piste and improvise her own unique eco-dramaturgical production. The dramaturg takes us on a journey through time from the beginning of the world until today, articulating our shared fears and despair about the climate emergency. Drawing on her personal reflections as well as her scientific research, she invites us to reflect on the more than the human world that surrounds us and the unrelenting, man-made exterminations we are now facing. Sharing her own memories of connectedness and inviting the audience to contribute theirs, she asks: what does it mean to be alive, together, in a time of extinction?
Directed by Katie Mitchell
Written by Miranda Rose Hall
2021, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Switzerland
This production is presented thanks to European Theatre Convention as part of the STAGES PROJECT
STAGES (Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Environmental Shift) is an ambitious theatre experiment aiming to challenge how the cultural sector interacts with the concept of sustainability. 14 influential theatre organizations, including a leading European theatre network, a theatre partner from Asia, and partners in academia, have joined together with director Katie Mitchell and choreographer Jérôme Bel – two artists that are renowned for embedding sustainability in their work – to test radical solutions to the biggest challenges posed by the climate crisis. IOTF worked with the European Theater Convention to bring to online audiences five STAGES productions from theaters around the world of Miranda Rose Hall’s A Play for the Living in A Time of Extinction (2020). First staged within this project by the British director Katie Mitchell at Théâtre Vidy Lausanne in Switzerland, this play is a purposeful eco-feminist monologue by Miranda Rose Hall that reflects on our responsibilities and means of action in the face of ecological disaster. The production has been taken on as an experiment in sustainable touring by theaters in Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, and Taiwan. A supercut video includes clips from all productions and further lays out the stakes of the project. A panel discussion between key members from the various theaters explores the fascinating premises and concepts of the project around the issues of sustainability, touring, and what the theater can do in the midst of a climate crisis.
ALSO WATCH PANEL – STAGES: Sustainable Theatre Experiments
The panel discusses the STAGES project as a model of sustainable practices within the theater. The panelists reflect on creative processes, experiments in staging and working practices, and engagements with local institutions and audiences. They interrogate the meaning of “sustainability” within the theater, the nature of the collaboration between artists and scientists, and the potential visions for the future role of theater in the context of the climate crisis.
Hosted by Ilinca Todorut, Executive Director of IOTF, Faculty of Theater and Film within Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania
Anica Tomić, Theater Director associated with the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
Serge Rangoni, Artistic Director and General Manager of Théâtre de Liège, Belgium
Gin Huang, Producer at National Theater and Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Tristan Pannatier, Producer at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Switzerland
Eugenio Morello, Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Design at Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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