A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction
We're on the last run of a show that's been around for two years. But tonight, its performer can't go on stage. In her place, the dramaturg - in her 30s, afraid of death- addresses the audience and tries to resolve this tricky situation.
“I'm just going to try to tell you a few stories tonight, about some things I have been thinking about and researching in private. So that none of us has to be unbearably lonely tonight.”
Based on an original concept developed by British director Katie Mitchell for Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, and written by author Miranda Rose Hall, A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is the first of two chapters in the Sustainable Theatre?-project, in which thirteen theatres in Europe and Asia reflect together on ways to make theater more sustainable.
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"ADEAGA MANAGES TO KEEP YOU ON YOUR TOES WITHOUT MAKING IT ACADEMIC: AN ART"Kristof van Baarle - Etcetera
The play, a courageous reflection on theatre and life facing climate disaster, is handed over from Katie Mitchell to other artists with nothing more than a series of instructions. For example, the entire staging process, in a radical approach, must be sustainable. Therefore, the required power of the performance will be produced live with the use of electricity-generating bikes. Thus making the tour, and its huge environmental impact, disappear. In its place a cycle of transmissions is triggered. From one artist to another.
Martha Balthazar, columnist and director who graduated from KASK Ghent in 2021, will direct NTGent's version of the play. She and actor Lisah Adeaga connect their artistic vision with the core topics of the performance: What is the impact of humans on the world? And how do we keep on being human knowing this? Which inheritance do we want for the future generations? And how can we re-establish our connection with the entire spectrum of living species at a time where total extinction is a real possibility?
- 7 Oct 22 — VRT - Journaal vrijdag 07/10 (vermelding A Play)
- 7 Oct 22 — De Standaard - Zonder liefde is activisme weerloos (interview Martha Balthazar & Lisah Adeaga nav A Play)
- 23 Sep 22 — Subbacultcha - "Goeie storytelling is fragiel" - (interview Martha Balthazar nav 'A Play...')
- 14 Sep 22 — De Standaard - "De 19 beste podiumtips voor het najaar: van de Trojaanse oorlog op techno tot theater over exen"
- 16 Jun 22 — Knack - "Misschien moeten we nog radicaler worden" - (interview Martha Balthazar nav TAZ)
- 18 Jun 1818 — Het Nieuwsblad (Gent) - "Nieuwe seizoen NTGent oogt opvallend Gents: jonge theatermakers en acteurs krijgen kansen"
- 4 Mar 22 — The New York Times (US) - 'Dit toneelstuk toert door Europa. Maar niemand gaat ergens heen.' (A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction)