05.11.22 05.11.22

Despair is too easy A forum on sustainability organised by STAGES

20210903 113217 Michiel Devijver
A forum on sustainability organised by STAGES, a collaboration between 14 theaters from Europe and beyond to decrease their ecological footprint and raise awareness at the same time.

In November the sustainability forum "Despair is too easy" will take place in Ghent and Liege. The gathering contains performances and artistic interventions that accompany this two-hour forum, curated by director and program-maker Lara Staal. For "Despair is too easy" artists, activists and academics are invited to propose new terminology, alternative horizons and diverse imaginaries to speak about a possible future that is sustainable, ecological and inclusive. Contributors are amongst others; Lua & Pablo Casella, Youna Marette, Gui Grâce Paluku-Atoka, Adélaïde Charlier, Agat Sharma, Anneleen Kenis and Anuna De Wever. The title forms the point of departure; if despair is not an option than how do we continue to fight for a fundamental transition that makes a radical cut with a system that is built on segragation, profit, extraction, and pollution? How do we form alliances? What strategies are there to stay with hope? How can we shift the focus on solving single issues, to a holistic approach that is about changing the fundaments on which our very societies are built? Speeches will be alternated with concerts, poetry, conversation, silences, and interaction.

This forum is part of the STAGES project in which NTGent actively participates. STAGES stands for 'Sustainable Theatre Alliance for a Green Enviromental Shift' and is an unprecedented theatre experiment in which 14 theatres from all over Europe and even Taiwan, supported by the EU, search for an answer to the question: How can we continue our important work and at the same time reduce our impact on the earth?

One of the initiatives is the performance of the show A Play For The Living in a Time of Extinction, also in Ghent in October, a show about the climate crisis that refuses to tour but is staged anew at each location by a local team. In addition, NTGent is organising internal workshops on ecology during the 22-23 season, and has ordered an audit of its ecological footprint.

Co Funded By The European Union
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Lara Staal

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Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), National Theatre of Croatia in Zagreb (Croatia), The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Dramaten, Stockholm (Sweden), Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Lithuania), Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa (Italia), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary), Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Portugal), NTGent (Belgium), Maribor Slovene National Theatre - Slovensko narodno gledališče Maribor (Slovenia), Riga Technical University - University of Latvia (Latvia), European Theatre Convention (Germany), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland), National Theater and Concert Hall Taipei (Taïwan)
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credits

curator

Lara Staal

co-production

Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), National Theatre of Croatia in Zagreb (Croatia), The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Dramaten, Stockholm (Sweden), Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Lithuania), Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa (Italia), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary), Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Portugal), NTGent (Belgium), Maribor Slovene National Theatre - Slovensko narodno gledališče Maribor (Slovenia), Riga Technical University - University of Latvia (Latvia), European Theatre Convention (Germany), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland), National Theater and Concert Hall Taipei (Taïwan)

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