To See Climate (Change)
„To See Climate (Change)” is the result of an artistic research project initiated by Romuald Krężel in Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart in 2020 and further developed with René Alejandro Huari Mateus through residencies at Frankfurt LAB, HELLERAU in Dresden, Biennale Warszawa and ZAMEK Cultural Center in Poznań, Poland in collaboration with Monica Duncan, Clara Reiner and Patrick Faurot. The performance had its premiere in Kaserne Basel during Treibstoff Theatertage Festival in September 2021.
Starting from questions about sustainability in the midst of an environmental crisis and its impact on domestic living space, the performance addresses the ambivalences and ambiguities of the relationship between humans and the small dose of nature that can be found at home: indoor-plants. By inviting the plants to speculatively co-create their work, the artists search for possible ways to make the invisible – the climate and its changes – visible through performative means.
Recognizing that in order to create an ecological consciousness with tangible and lasting effects, it is necessary to acknowledge the lack of dialogue between humans and more-than-humans, the performance explores to what extent overcoming this communicative rupture can set the path towards a more egalitarian coexistence between the different forms of life on Earth.
To See the Climat (Change)
PREMIERE AND SHOWS
PREMIERE: 1 September 2021 Kaserne Basel, Switzeralnd (Treibstoff Theatertage Basel)
3 & 5 September 2021 Kaserne Basel, Switzeralnd (Treibstoff Theatertage Basel)
CONCEPT and ARTISTIC DIRECTION: René Alejandro Huari Mateus and Romuald Krężel
DRAMATURGY and CHOREOGRAPHY: Monica Duncan, René Alejandro Huari Mateus, Romuald Krężel, Clara Reiner
PERFORMANCE: Monica Duncan / Antonia Beeskow, René Alejandro Huari Mateus, Romuald Krężel, Clara Reiner / Zuzana Žabková
VIDEO, SOUND DESIGN: Monica Duncan
LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE, SOUND ENGINEERING: Antonia Beeskow
TECHNICAL DIRECTION, LIGHT: Patrick Faurot
TECHNICAL COLLABORATION: Felix Schwarzrock
PRODUCTION: Anna Konrad, Sven Rausch
PRODUCTION COLLABORATION: Joshua Geißler
A production by René Alejandro Huari Mateus & Romuald Krężel in co-production with Treibstoff Theatertage Basel (Switzerland), HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts in Dresden and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main. Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. Supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt, Frankfurt LAB - Residency Program, Biennale Warszawa (Poland), Culture Center ZAMEK in Poznań (Poland), as well as the Senate Department for Culture and Europe - Berlin and Edith Maryon Foundation.
April 27, 2023