CLIMATE LENS

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with a network of theatre makers and culture workers ​who ​pursue an imaginatively expansive approach to the phenomena of climate chaos, seeking new perspectives that include but also move beyond questions of politics and policy–and beyond expressions of fear, anger, and despair!

 

Theatre Without Borders is excited to support theatre and performance artists around the world who are working at the intersection of art and the climate/environment. This burgeoning field is growing, and fast! Here are a number of ways YOU can get more informed and get more involved:

 

CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION

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Theatre Without Borders partners every two years with the global CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION. You can too!

Founded in 2015, Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially to coincide with the United Nations COP meetings. CCTA was founded following a model pioneered by NoPassport Theatre Alliance. It has since evolved into a collaboration between The Arctic Cycle, the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and Theatre Without Borders. A global participatory project, CCTA uses theatre to bring communities together and encourage them to take local and global action on climate. By providing tools (a series of plays) free of charge, some guidance on how to produce events, marketing support, and a model that encourages leadership and self-determination, we make it easy for everyone to engage with an art form they may not be familiar with, and we empower them to harness their own creative potential and put it in service of the greater good.

 

CLIMATE RESOURCES

Want to learn about artists of all disciplines who are doing work at the intersection of climate and the environment?

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Artists and Climate Change

 

Want to produce a play written by artists exploring climate themes?

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Artists and Climate Change: Creating a List of Climate Change Plays

University of Warwick: Eco-theatre Plays

 

Want to learn more about Climate Justice theory and practice?

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Climate Justice Alliance – Just Transition

Want to read about “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change”?

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HowlRound’s Blog Series: “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change”

HowlRound’s Convening: “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change”

 

Want to discover a list of popular songs related to Climate Change?

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List of Songs Related to Climate Change and Human Impact on the Environment Compiled by Richard L. Wallace, Ursinus College Environmental Studies Program, 2009

 

Want to discover a list of popular videos related to Climate Change?

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Stay tuned. Our list is in-progress!

 

Want to find funders focused on climate-related projects?

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The Climate Resilience Toolkit

Climate Change Funders – Inside Philanthropy

GrantmakersintheArts – Arts & Environment

GrantmakersintheArts – Funding at the Intersection of Art & Environment

 

Want to learn about which theatre companies are producing this work?

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Stay tuned. Our list is in-progress!

 

THE C​LIMATE COMMONS

The Climate Commons grew out of the HowlRound “Theatre in the Age of Climate Change” Convening in Boston, June 2018. Stay tuned for this coming resource for the arts & climate community!

 

C​LIMATE L​ENS

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C​LIMATE L​ENS is a network of theatre makers and culture workers ​who ​pursue an imaginatively expansive approach to the phenomena of climate chaos, seeking new perspectives that include but also move beyond questions of politics and policy–and beyond expressions of fear, anger, and despair.

Instead of focusing on climate change as a problem, we nurture a theatre practice dedicated to uncovering and displacing the habits of mind and feeling underlying the current crisis and its history. Thus the primary target of our critique is not climate change but rather anthropocentrism, the world view that places human beings and their interests at the center of every reality, and which sanctions the same hierarchical thinking that also sustains sexism, racism, and injustice.

Learning from progressive movements of the past, we recognize the importance of elaborating new modes of analysis as well as confronting problems. As feminism, for example, used gender as a lens to reveal and resist patriarchy, the underlying source of sexism, CLIMATE LENS proposes climate as the clarifying lens through which to reveal and resist the socio-political issues of our day.

Specifically, CLIMATE LENS explores theatrical ways of partnering with the more-than-human world: the world of landscapes, oceans, plants, the other animals, and natural forces like the climate. Through these partnerships, which we pursue both imaginatively and in activist practice, we seek to expose, disrupt, and replace the myopia and alienation that currently limits and lethally distorts the relationship between us humans and the countless life forms and forces which whom we share the earth.

CLIMATE LENS PLAYBOOK

  1. Practice literalism. End the tradition of turning everything into a symbol for human life.
  2. Occupy science. Befriend facts and factoids. Enrich theatre with the bristly nomenclatures of the natural sciences.
  3. Yes to vastness, and yes also to the infinitesimal. Toggle between the Big Picture and Reality-at-Hand, however tiny. Also between Deep History and the Here and Now. Do the Scalar Slide.
  4. Practice Glocality: intense focus on our localities, but with global eyes in the back our heads, scanning for interrelatedness and beaming signals out to other localities–consciously, urgently.
  5. Loosen your epistemologies. Don’t believe everything you think.
  6. Flatten your ontologies. Everyone and everything invited in.
  7. Unflatten your geographies. What happens here doesn’t stay here. The Far Away folds right onto the Right Here. Make plays with pleated places.
  8. Take all animals seriously, not just human ones. Also plants, including weeds, nettles, hemlock. . . Also minerals, rocks, currents of all kinds, clouds, winds, and other atmospheric forces. Also bacteria. Especially bacteria.
  9. Disaggregate the human. Who drives the carbon economy? Who profits? Who suffers?
  10. Don’t worry about working up empathy. Sympathy’s all you need. Feeling for others is just as powerful—and less anthropocentric?—than feeling with others.
  11. De-Sentimentalize “Nature.” Keep the awe, lose the “Awww!!!” Forge new affective pathways to the non-human, beyond sadness, guilt, and fear. Invite in humor, anger, joy, irony, sarcasm . . .
  12. Stand alongside our fellow species like a breathing exercise, to open up space in our cells for epistemologies of the biosphere that our bodies currently don’t hold, or ones we need to re-ignite. Physicalize awe.
  13. Congregate, coalesce, flock, swarm, meet and greet. But also: disperse, disseminate, distribute, scatter and spread.
  14. Biology over psychology, geology over sociology, creaturely life over life style.
  15. Invent plans as well as plots, tell times as well as stories, write worlds as well as plays.
  16. Create theatres of species life; fill the stage with the Earth.

By Una Chaudhuri, with members of CLIMATE LENS

WHO ARE WE?

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea

The Arctic Cycle

Artists & Climate Change

Boom Arts

Dear Climate, New York University

Fundarte / Climakaze

H.E.A.T. Collective

Lab for Global Performance & Politics, Georgetown University

PearlDamour

Superhero Clubhouse

Theatre Without Borders

This is Not a Theatre Company, New York University

Una Chaudhuri, New York University

Works on Water

and others…..

 

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