Acting for Climate
The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The topic has long since arrived on stage. The performance collective Acting for Climate works precisely at the interface of environmental protection and art. In "BARK," they make nature itself the protagonist of a spectacular and dreamy circus show. Always adapted to the respective performance location, the five artists create an impressive nature experience for all senses with flowers, leaves, foliage, and soil. Their creed is that we can only protect what we really value. And so they use acrobatics, vertical dance, and physical theater on, between, and around the trees to convey a new relationship to the natural world that surrounds us.
To do this, they also adopt new perspectives: hanging from a branch twenty meters above the ground, the dependence of humans on nature becomes palpable. Acting for Climate, founded in 2014, has since created extraordinary, interdisciplinary performances and is committed to more sustainable methods and new forms of expression in art. For "BARK," they also collaborated with Norwegian professor Karen O'Brien, who primarily researches the social and human dimensions of climate change. Her research is particularly dedicated to the role of creativity: art has the power to test utopian realities of a sustainable society. In the circus, the seemingly impossible becomes possible. The company uses this connection to playfully demonstrate that we can really change the world, if we only dare to imagine it.
By and with: Heidi Miikki, Abigael Winsvold, Frøydis Dahlø, Emma Langmoen, David Eisele
In collaboration with climate scientist Karen O'Brien
DYNAMO Workspace for Circus and Performing Arts
Supported by: Nordic Culture Fund, The Norwegian Culture Fund, The Danish Arts Foundation, SPENN Norway, TAIKE und DYNAMO, and supported by the European Union by Perform Europe
Note: The performance includes a walk in the forest. We recommend appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Meeting point at the main entrance Ruhrfestspielhaus.
Language notice: no language skills required
Photo: C. Cirstea