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‘Fit to Burst’ to realise the full production of new show ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming.’

Fit to Burst is a London based theatre company that makes magical shows, with heart, for everyone.

Conceived and directed by Rebecca Tortora and devised by the company ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a magical allegory exploring our ambivalent relationship with nature and the dangers of taking too much.

Inspired by the magic realism writer Isabel Allende, the activist and playwright Eve Ensler and the journalist Naomi Klein ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a journey into the wild, a warning and a call for connection.

In an absurd mechanical world where nature is suppressed and speed is king a journalist has forgotten how to feel. She is charged with writing about a mountain in ‘The Region’, a lush green place on the verge of collapse. This ancient silver mine, the source of the first global currency and the site of oppression, is to be newly tapped for resources despite warnings that it will implode. When her editor tries to block the story, supernatural forces intervene, her filing cabinets come to life and she is sucked inside. Here she meets Lola, a storyteller, and a host of spirits and mavericks who conspire to unravel the story and unlock her heart.

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‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a tale of passion, resistance, one woman’s journey to connection and the individual as a microcosm for the world. It asks how can we look at our animal nature? What is the role of that in our destruction of our only home? Can emotional connection help to create a more sustainable future?

In May 2014 Fit to Burst received a grant from Arts Council England to support a one month research and development period. As a result of this they now have a full script, a great story, strong musical/movement and design elements and are ready to go into full production. 

They are booked to premier at exciting London theatre and art space The Bussey Building in July 2015. And are seeking support to make it happen!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/last-night-i-met-you-dreaming

If we don’t raise this money we can’t create the show. We really need your support!

Help us to #makeithappen!

www.fittoburst.co.uk

@Fit_to_Burst

The Holding Ground Conference, March 14-15, 2015 – New York City

The Holding Ground conference will bring together artists of all mediums who are interested in using their creativity to explore the potential of an ecologically conscious society, in a world beyond unsustainable energy practices.

The conference will take place in NYC on March 14-15, 2015. Our emphasis throughout the conference will be on using art as a means to explore place.

We hope that this event will recharge and inspire participants to become “seeds” of alternative consciousness. Yet we are also humbly committed to helping create new connections that persist and sustain well beyond the weekend’s events – to form networks of roots for holding ground.

Weekend Overview:

Saturday Location: The Commons, Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave. (btwn Bond and Hoyt) – 9 AM – 10 PM

morning:

  • welcome & introductions
  • “dérive” walk in which participants will have a unique experience of place by paying attention to details in the landscape that are otherwise often overlooked

afternoon:

  • all participants will have a voice in explaining their dream or current project, being encouraged to focus on ways they might share passions, talents, and experiences with others
  • participants will take part in a series of discussion and interactive sessions facilitated by working artists and artist-activists

evening:

  • we will gather for a concert, art, and the announcement of a new environmental arts award sponsored by New York Loves Mountains

Sunday Location: Textile Arts Center in Manhattan, 26 W. 8th St. (btwn MacDougal and 5th Ave.) – 10 AM – 1 PM

  • we will merge talents and passions to create a collaborative public art piece, guided by Toronto-based visual artist Tania Love, using plant based inks
  • the piece will be on view for the community to the end of March

Sessions Facilitated by Nicole Pouliot, James Cersonsky, Andrew Munn, Monica Hunken and others.

For more information and to apply, visit www.newyorklovesmountains.org/holding-ground-conference/

Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA release D’Art Report 34b – The arts and environmental sustainability: an international overview.

A global review of developments in policies and programmes related to culture and environmental sustainability has been published this week by key international organisations Julie’s Bicycle and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

The aim of the report, D’Art Report 34b – The arts and environmental sustainability: an international overview, was to inform international arts leaders about good practice and resources in this key policy area, and how such policies impact on national arts and cultural organisations.

This ground-breaking international overview is the result of surveys and interviews with arts funding agencies from around the world carried out by Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA between November 2013 and May 2014 and supplemented with additional research. It follows D’Art Report 34, released jointly in 2009 by IFACCA and Arts Council England that presented examples of good practice in the arts and sustainability.

D’Art Report 34b provides a snapshot of arts and cultural engagement with environmental sustainability with an emphasis on policies, not on artistic content or wider arts practice. The report shows varied preoccupations and priorities according to social, economic, political and geographical context of the respondents.

The findings demonstrate that most respondents believe environmental sustainability to be relevant to arts funding agencies and funded organisations and that there is widespread interest in future development in this direction. However, tangible and applied mechanisms to support environmental sustainability both within agencies and in the organisations they fund are still uncommon and there is little practical and focused guidance for arts funders, workers, or practitioners.

The report, which financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Council Ireland, includes early examples of good practice; identifies agencies already embedding environmental sustainability in their country or region; and makes recommendations for enhancing the level of inclusion of environmental sustainability in cultural policymaking and action.

“The arts and cultural sector, in the main, has well-articulated values that promote equality, inclusion, diversity and community and strong arguments around social and financial sustainability. The sector is well-placed to integrate the environmental dimension with the social and financial dimensions: in part, the narratives have already been written. It is up to the sector itself to take up this leadership opportunity, developing greater cultural environmental literacy and an evidence base to articulate its contribution and value to sustainable development and the shaping of our future.”

– Alison Tickell, CEO, Julie’s Bicycle

“This report is particularly pertinent in the context of the current campaign to include culture in the post-2015 sustainable development goals, championed by IFACCA and five other international networks in consultation with UNESCO. It highlights the potential benefits of giving greater attention to culture’s fundamental role in achieving development outcomes.”

– Sarah Gardner, Executive Director, IFACCA

The full report is available at: www.ifacca.org/topic/ecological-sustainability/and http://www.juliesbicycle.com/resources/ifacca-dart-report .

Julie’s Bicycle Culture Change Conference 2015

Join Julie’s Bicycle for our Culture Change Conference at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, on 18 February 2015.

Bringing together artists, designer/makers, creative freelancers and organisations, this conference will make connections across our sector, and explore a more sustainable future for the arts.

Whether you are celebrating your achievements with Culture Change, or are just beginning your journey, come along to experience an inspiring day of speakers, workshops and performances.

Meet like-minded creatives, and build potential business relationships, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

We are thrilled to announce that international designer and festival director,Wayne Hemingway MBE, will be speaking on the day.

You will also have the chance to hear from:

  • Visionary leaders within the creative sector
  • Key influencers shaping the future for the hub of creative industries in the East of England
  • Trailblazers and experts in environmental sustainability
  • Range of exhibitors showcasing local suppliers, artwork and opportunities

Experience the artistic excellence of the Royal Opera House first hand…

Enjoy an exciting, exclusive performance from the Jette Parker Young Artists(The Royal Opera).

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to succeed for the long term…

Choose from a variety of practical workshops that will share best practice and advice to help you grow your business:

  • Engage new audiences and build an effective, ethical brand
  • Meet future business challenges with an imaginative and practical sustainability strategy
  • Develop a financially-efficient, environmentally-conscious business model
  • Discover future funding opportunities from capital finance to crowdfunding
  • Find out more about the latest innovations happening in sustainable craft and design

Want to know what else you can expect from the day? More details and a full agenda will be announced soon…

Want to attend but can’t take a full day out of your schedule? Don’t worry, you can book your free tickets and come along for your preferred sessions.

Check out the ROH Culture Change website to find out more about the programme.

                           

The Shared Independent Theater List (The Sh.I.T. LIST)

shitlist_logoA new website for reusing theatrical goods

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CREATED VIA A GRANT FROM THE LIT FUND & 

SPONSORED BY GIDEON PRODUCTIONS, FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE & OTHER ARTISTS

On October 7, 2013, the LIT Fund selected the first recipient of their new annual community grant: the Sh.I.T. List. Less than a year later, Sh.I.T.’s about to get real.

Created by a group of independent artists in NYC, the Sh.I.T. List is a digital platform for renting, selling, bartering, and giving away theater and film goods. The mission of the Sh.I.T. List is to get these goods OUT OF THE DUMPSTER and into the projects that need them.  Now that it’s been beta-tested by The LIT Fund community, the Sh.I.T. List will be available for your use on September 16, 2014!

Gideon Producer Sean Williams enthuses, “I sincerely believe that The Sh.I.T. List is not only a brilliant solution to the problems plaguing our environment, it is an elegant plan for us all to survive the new financial realities of the 21st Century. It is so vital, so important and so necessary that in a few years, we will wonder how anyone was able to produce without it.”

Here’s how the Sh.I.T. List works:

Members (called “Dumpers”) can list their “Shit” and tag it with theater/film categories like costumes, props, set pieces, lighting equipment, video equipment, etc. Then members who are looking for these items (called “Divers”) can search for and contact Dumpers about their listings. One of the most exciting features – particularly for anyone just about to close a show – is the ability to list your strike schedule with links to the goods offered.  

Anyone can easily search by word or browse categories and sort results.  Diver membership is free and, thanks to the LIT Fund’s first Community Resource Grant, Dumper membership (which includes the option of listing gigs and events) is also free through at least July 2015.  

Need a wheelchair for your show?  Check.  How about some fake limbs?  We’ve got it.  So get on the Sh.I.T. List and start saving some … stuff.

For more information, please email contactshitlist@gmail.com.

Julie’s Bicycle’s Praxis: Culture and Sustainability

Praxis: Culture and Sustainability

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 from 10:30 to 17:30 (GMT)

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Bringing together thinkers, artists and innovators, this day of talks, performances and workshops will explore the new ways of working that are shaping a more sustainable future for the arts and culture.

The day aims to inspire debate and equip participants with new insights and practical actions, with spotlights on: working internationally, materials and suppliers, skills sharing economies, how ‘green’ digital technology really is, and presentations of new work from The Cambridge Junction in collaboration with Angharad Wynn Jones.

The day will be shaped by two themes: 

The Artist is Not in The Room

Focusing on environmentally sustainable international working models, speakers will discuss touring exhibitions by sea, working rurally and operating globally, and present performances enabled by digital collaboration.

Rip It Up and Start Again

The second theme will look at the environmental and social issues around where we source our materials and resources. Speakers will explore a rethinking on how we use materials, and the emergent ‘circular’ and exchange economies shaping a sustainable future for the arts and culture.

Throughout the day there will be performances and practical action planning workshops.

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

Laura Billings: Trade School London, Civc Systems Lab

Jane Penty: Practicing designer and educator, BA Product Design, Central Saint Martins,

Diana Simpson Hernandez: Designer, Golondrina Design, SustainRCA Alumna

Donna Lynas: Artistic Director, Wysing Arts Centre

Angharad Wynn Jones: Creative Producer, Arts House, Artist

Save the date and register now to secure your place!

More speakers and the final agenda will be announced over the coming weeks.

A Julie’s Bicycle event in partnership with:

This event is part of the Culture Change Programme.

Do you have questions about Praxis: Culture and Sustainability? Contact Culture Change

Public Art Festival to be simultaneously held with COP 20

Art interventions in public spaces, workshops and a variety of performances intending to generate consciousness about climate change will be simultaneously held with COP 20 set to start on Monday December 1 2014 in Lima, Peru.

Those interventions are part of the “Hot Future” First Public Art Festival. It will display the work of Peruvian and foreign artists and architects, who are committed to counter the climate change problems.

Artists will display their works in Alameda de la Integración (located between The Magic Water Circuit Park and the National Stadium) and in the Cervantes Park.

International guests participating include the Dutch group, Cascoland and Belgian artist, Jozef Wouters.

Peruvian artists participating include: Lucía Monge, Christians Luna, Gabriel Acevedo, Sandra Nakamura, Pablo García and the architects: Ricardo Huanqui, Karen Takano, Ricardo Bocanegra (24/7 Arquitectura studio) and Maya Ballén (Masunostudio).

All these artists will present original proposals like Plantón Móvil by Lucia Monge, which invites people to go out with their plants around the city, expressing their voices in favor of green spaces.

Christians Luna’s project is also featured. It consists in citizen’s involvement in topics regarding climate change, by playing games.

Hot Future will also promote dialogue spaces in order to look for development, consumption and life alternatives to face climate change.

Another attached space will be the Public Vegetable Garden, a platform for the urban agriculture that encourages the growing of vegetable gardens and green roofs in the city. This also generates an opportunity to think about the origins of our food through participating workshops organized by the Universidad Agraria La Molina.

OPEN CALL: TREETOPIA

Request for existing digital and .net art for North American environmental advocacy organization.

Deadline November 15, 2014

“Earth laughs in flowers” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

logoWe live in a time when are facing the reality of climate change. Natures aesthetic has gifted us hue dripped falls and white canvas winters. Artists like Ansel Adams and Andy Goldsworthy have captured the graceful growth of our nation’s forests, countrysides and coasts. We are looking for digital works of art that convey a celebratory message around climate change.

Possible subjects could include or be inspired by: people power, environmental justice, wild salmon, orcas, spirit bears, forests, rivers, wild places, climate change, sustainable energy, rejecting extreme fossil fuels, visions of a sustainable future, connection with the earth. Wit and humor are welcome. Interactive artworks highly encouraged. All artwork must present these topics in a positive light.

What we are looking for

ForestEthics is seeking five Internet-based artworks for our end of year fundraising campaign to “Treetopia.” Artworks can be any of the following digital formats: static image (.jpg, png), animation (GIF, Java, HTML5), 15 sec video (mp4). We are asking for a temporary use license from November 15, 2014 – January 15, 2015 unless otherwise agreed to. Artworks will be exhibited in electronic card format as incentives for the audience to financially contribute and donate to ForestEthics and spread awareness about campaign areas including responsible industry, tarsands, Great Bear rainforest, sustainable forest initiatives and oil by rail. Note: artworks will be viewed on multiple devices PC, mobile, tablet, etc.

Compensation

If selected compensation includes a $100 USD stipend for static artworks, $200 USD for animated or video artworks. We offer also offer a donation letter for US based artists, for the remaining value of the license to be used for tax purposes. We will also credit all artworks on distribution materials.

How to submit

Send the following in one email or one website link by November 15, 2014 to danielle@forestethics.org:

Contact info

  • First and Last Name
  • Email
  • Mailing address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Phone
  • Website
  • Bio
  • Description of work or artist statement
  • Title, date, media (format) for each image
  • 1 – 5 images in any of the following formats (.jpg, .png, mp4, website link)

Selected artworks will be decided by November 20, 2014. Artists will be notified by email.

About ForestEthics

ForestEthics.org

ForestEthics protects North America’s last endangered forests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them. Why? Because forests create fresh air and water, nourish and protect wildlife, and help stabilize our climate.

ForestEthics embraces a vision of the forest that benefits all of us — people who live in the forest, people who make their living from forest materials, people who visit the forest, people who count on the clean air and water – and medicines – that forests provide.

When we see a system falling out of line from our vision — Victoria Secret printing their catalogues on paper made from endangered forests or swaths of Boreal forest being cut down to mine Canada’s tar sands — we say something. We do something. We shine a light on the situation, we find working solutions, we don’t stop until it’s fixed.

Questions email: danielle@forestethics.org

Water+/-

NPR and WWNO are proud to announce the world premiere of NPR Presents Water +/- on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Saenger Theatre. NPR Presents Water +/- combines national and local news coverage, music, poetry, storytelling and visual projections to explore how too much or too little water is shaping lives and affecting communities around the country and the world.

NPR Presents Water +/- brings together Tony-Award winning director Kenny Leon, award-winning NPR Science Correspondent Christopher Joyce, and award-winning theater writers Arthur Yorinks and Carl Hancock Rux with an original sound score by acclaimed violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). The show starts its eight-city tour in New Orleans. It will be co-hosted by NPR’s Michele Norris and WWNO’s Eve Troeh and will feature Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change); Tony Award-nominee, Michele Shay (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars); Jason Dirden (Tony Award-winning Production, A Raisin in the Sun); and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Boardwalk Empire).

“NPR Presents Water + brings together NPR’s journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local stories about water issues that are significant to each region and have a global resonance,” said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents. “We are thrilled to partner with WWNO, who received the Edward R. Murrow Award for their coastal coverage, to create and present the premiere event and to hold it at the historic Saenger Theatre, which reopened after its own dramatic water story post-Hurricane Katrina.”

Tour Dates

  • October 25, 2014, New Orleans in partnership with WWNO
  • November 8, 2014, Weekend in Washington, NPR
  • November 10, 2014, New York, NY in partnership with WNYC
  • November 12, 2014, San Francisco, CA in partnership with KQED
  • November 13, 2014, Seattle, WA in partnership with KUOW
  • November 17, 2014, Atlanta, GA in partnership with WABE
  • November 18, 2014, Cleveland, OH in partnership with Ideastream
  • November 19, 2014, Detroit, MI in partnership with WUOM

“Water is such an important topic, not only for Louisiana, but also for the nation and the world. NPR Presents Water +/- will help to open conversations and the meaningful exchange of ideas in a new way,” said Paul Maassen, WWNO general manager. “We are honored to have the World Premiere here in New Orleans, and for WWNO to play a role in this local and national collaboration among NPR and public radio stations across the nation.”

“I am excited to work with NPR Presents on this meaningful and highly relevant undertaking,” said director Kenny Leon. “Theater has the ability to illuminate the human experience in a way that is unique, vital and authentic. Our goal is to allow Water + to showcase our shared humanity, our shared challenges across the US and the globe.”

Building on NPR and Member Stations’ news coverage, the NPR Presents Water +/- series will highlight each city’s unique, nuanced relationship with water. The scripts are created in partnership with the Member Station combining local sensibilities with national themes. No artistic licenses are taken with the news content; stories are adapted from on-air and online coverage, as well as oral histories, into monologues and dialogues.

MORE INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK

ArtCop21: COAL and Cape Farewell organise for COP21, November – December 2015

A cultural programme for the 21st United Nations Conference on climate change. Paris, from the 30th of November to the 10th of December 2015.

COAL and CAPE FAREWELL,
 the two European partners behind ArtCop21 willmobilise artists and the wider cultural sector to create a festival and cultural symposium during the Cop21 conference. From 30th November until 10th December 2015 they will create and exceptional cultural-climate festival in the city of Paris.

ArtCOP21ART AND COP21

The 21st Conference of the United Nations climate is an important step in the negotiations for a future international agreement to fight against climate change.

The agenda of Cop21 is primarily scientific and political. ArtCop21 provides an alternative agenda, recognising that for a real cultural shift, we need to encourage a diverse range of citizens to engage with the topic. Arts and culture have always played a critical role in responding to political, environmental and social issues.

The United Nations have officially recognised the direct link between culture and the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – confirming that culture is both a catalyst and an engine of sustainable development.

In the autumn of 2015, thousands of civilian actors, foundations and NGOs will show their commitment to change the world at the Paris-Le Bourget site that will host COP21. ArtCop21 wants to share this energy to the public through art and creative engagement.

ArtCop21 will open the doors to the wider public and show the political players that there are alternatives to comprehend the complexity of the climate chal- lenge; a cultural shift inspired by creativity and innovation.

ARTISTS EMBRASE THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE AND IMAGINE THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

ArtCop21 is a cultural event that will take place in Paris during the COP21. Mission of Artcop21 is to engage the wider public in creating a positive vision for a sustainable future.

ArtCop21 is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural actors who are keen to instigate an ecological transition towards a healthier environment- through arts and culture.

ArtCop21 will mobilize artists to develop projects of cultural expression that will engage and inspire public participation.

ArtCop21 will mount a forum to articulate the power of inspiring a cultural shift that embraces a sustainable future for all.

With ArtCop21, knowledge and action around the climate challenge will make the topic accessible and fun for the wider public.

SYSTEM

ArtCop21 irrigates the city through artistic, collaborative and innovative proposals.

It will include:

1 – The Conference of Creative Parties bringing together twenty one international artists, creatives and intellectuals to invent a creative vision for tomorrow’s world. A three-day public facing symposium at La Sorbonne.

2 – Five monumental and participatory art installations in public space, co-created by five invited international artists and the citizens of Paris.

3 – An artistic journey through the Ile-de-France in multiple locations that are united for ArtCop21 artists’ studios, museums, art associations, institutions, theatres, galleries and shopping centers.

4 – A major exhibition in a significant cultural institution presenting the work of leading international artists engaged in the field of ecology.

5 – A special edition of the Coal Prize Art and environment, which by an international open call, brings hundreds of artistics proposals for climate.

See you in the fall of 2014 for the ArtCop21′s launching!

PARTNERS

On the Move, Julie’s Bicycle, University of the Arts, London, Studio Orta – les Moulins, Zone sensible, la Réserve des arts.

CONTACT

Lauranne Germond

COAL
2 rue Caffarelli
75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 75 57 87 63
contact@projetcoal.fr
www.projetcoal.fr

David Buckland
CAPE FAREWELL
University of the Arts Chelsea
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU
+44 (0)207 514 8079
yasmineostendorf@capefarewell.com
www.capefarewell.com

Crédit image : Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica – Métisse flag, 2010, Banksy, Global Warming, 2009, Gideon Mendel, drowning world, Ackroyd & Harvey, Testament, 2011