Performing Europe’s non-withdrawal: crises of environment and identity at COP 23, with Richard Pettifer
Fresh off the train from the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, director and critic Richard Pettifer will present material from the dramatisation of Stay (Theatre Bonn) and public action Rhine Leap, developed with visual artist Sonja Hornung with the support of the German Environment Bureau (Umweltbundesamt).
This will be followed by a Q&A and sharing of conference details with a discussion of outcomes, and will end with a short, inclusive workshop on potential tools of the theatre which might be used to re-open increasingly controlled narratives around climate change.
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Is ‘failure’ at the recent Climate Conference (COP), hosted in Bonn and presided over by Fiji, a possibility - or simply inevitable? The engagement with non-Eurocentric perspectives may certainly be destined to fail – as they perpetually have – to break a familiar cycle: the performance of empathy, employed to maintain economic and political status quo. Furthermore, calls from today’s political class for ‘protection’ of environment and identity, though nominally opposing in their politics, seem to find an ideological synergy in a compulsion for righteousness and superiority. How might we salve this geo-narcissism, and attune political energy to a more productive end? Does the "non-human" - as articulated by Bruno Latour in the project Le Theatre des Negociations (Paris COP, 2015) - offer any solutions to the Western theatre, troubled as it is, recovering its historic public role in necessary transformations in environment and identity and therefore, (ironically), human progress? What about those without the power to negotiate?
Presented in conjuction with HOAX and Voila! Europe Festival
Saturday 18th of November
2:00pm - 4:00pm
at The Cockpit
This event is free to attend. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to get your ticket