Léa, Aurélien and Maxime are young artists working between Belgium and France. They collaborate on the question of ecology applied to the performing arts. In their personal lives, they reflect daily on ecology. Seen through a political prism, we act on our food consumption, on the energy we spend, on our means of transportation and on the way we discuss these issues. But we have never tried to transfer these reflections to the creative process within the performing arts.
What kind of actions can we take as professionals in our field to address this question, at a time of general social and political awareness of ecology? What would a show that respects these ecological considerations look like?
We would like to create a performance in which these issues are put into perspective. It is not so much a matter of organizing and making a show on the subject of ecology, but rather of concretely questioning our practice. Our focus would therefore be on research and the aesthetic and dramatic impact of a performance pushed to the paroxysm of ecology.
Does that mean doing a show in the dark? But also, what sets do we recycle? Can there be a tour? Who pollutes more: the actor or actress, the technicians or the directors? What about guilt? Can we dissociate our civic and professional ethics? Is there a need for punitive theater? Are we the third wave ; of a late reflection, or of a change in practice?