This is a cross-border production without anybody having to travel abroad. Based on the original idea of Katie Mitchell, the internationally renowned theater director, this production, with sustainability and reduction of a carbon footprint as the ultimate goals, is produced by local teams through long-distance cooperation to realize the spirit of sustainability at each of the participating countries. In addition to the solo actress in the monologue, two bikers ride on stationary bicycles and power the electricity needed for the show, which maintains as low as below 150 watts throughout the performance in order to discover the most possibilities within limited resources. From the preparation for the production to the final presentation, the team demonstrates the spirit of sustainability in performing arts. The text carefully goes through the similarities and differences as to the ecological context between the globe and Taiwan, and rewrites it based on the actress’s life experience to reflect the appearance of Taiwan’s land and society, creating an in-depth dialogue with the land.
Directed by Hsin-I Lin
Written by Miranda Rose Hall
2022, NTCH Taipei, Taiwan
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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