Moving Arts


JB launched three reports on the carbon impact of touring – Bands, Orchestras and Theatres under the title Moving Arts: Managing the Carbon Impacts of our Touring. It was nine months work and it really felt like it. JB analysed nearly 100 international tour samples ranging from small club artists, chamber orchestras and small touring companies to stadium tours, symphony orchestras and major west end productions.

JB launched the Bands report at some of the country’s most iconic venues:  the music industry came to the Royal Albert Hall with keynote speaker the awesome John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility, Theatre was launched at the National Theatre with inspired guest speakers Jonathon Porritt, and Nick Starr, CEO of the National Theatre and Orchestras launched  at the Royal Festival Hall which coincided with 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Society & the European premiere of Icarus: At the Edge of Time by Brian Greene and Philip Glass.

Huge thanks to Jonathon and all at Forum for the Future, and to Nick and all at the National, and to Chris Cotton and his team at the Royal Albert Hall for their real support and leadership. Also to Jude Kelly and to Marshall Marcus at the Southbank Centre, Mark Pemberton and Keith Motson (ABO), Henry Little (Orchestras Live),  and everyone else for their help – not least our funders Cathy Graham, Andrew Jonesand the British Council, Susanna Eastburn and the Arts Council, Rob Hallett and AEG and Simon Moran and SJM. Also all our panel members who critiqued (occasionally uncomfortable) and committed to (always inspired)  the work:Jazz Summers, Chris Yorke, Bryan Grant, Rachel Tackley, Kathryn Macdowell, Sally Cowling and – specially, Catherine Bottrill (twice the average brain), Christina Tsiarta (same again). And the 500 or so people who came to the events.

Download the reports here: Bands, Orchestras, Theatres, or let then know if you would like a hard copy.

You can also read transcriptions of John Elkington andJonathon Porritt’s keynote speeches – it’s a good way of spending five minutes of your life.

Julie’s Bicycle launched Theatre Programme – via ashdenizen: pivotal role

Julie’s Bicycle launched its theatre programme last week for reducing carbon emissions. JB‘s chief executive Alison Tickell said the theatre sector had been ‘short on vision, long on doubt’. What needed to be done, she said, was ‘to find a few priorities’ and ‘to commit on a major scale’.  It was this thinking that lay behind the publication today of a new pamphlet Moving arts: managing the carbon impacts of our touring that gives the data on the most effective steps to take.

Nick Starr, executive director of the National Theatre, announced the names of the Theatre Group that he would chair. The list was impressive:

Nicholas Allott, managing director, Cameron Mackintosh; Gus Christie, executive chairman, Glyndebourne; Paule Constable, lighting designer; Vicky Featherstone, artistic director, National Theatre of Scotland; Vikki Heywood, executive director, Royal Shakespeare Company; Kate Horton, executive director, Royal Court Theatre; Judith Knight, director, Artsadmin; John McGrath, artistic director, National Theatre Wales; Andre Ptaszynski, managing director, Really Useful Group; Rosemary Squire, joint chief executive, Ambassador Theatre Group; Ben Todd, executive director, Arcola; Steve Tompkins director, Haworth Tompkins; and Erica Whyman, chief executive, Northern Stage

As the keynote speaker at the National this morning, Jonathan Porritt, applauded the practical well-researched approach that Julie’s Bicyclehad taken. He went on to widen the discussion, warning the audience against presenting climate change in apocalyptic terms. He thought the last government’s CO2 campaign that had used a bedtime story to convey the message was ‘shockingly awful’.

There were a number of good bits of news. He gave three examples. The new report that 98% of scientists concur with the science on climate change showed ‘Jeremy Clarkson is wrong’. He also couldn’t recall a time when ‘the innovation pipeline looked so good’. And the business case for an environmental strategy was something that ‘we had hardly started to understand’. His example was the huge advances made by Wal-Mart since its chief executive ‘got the green bug’.

But these upsides, Porritt said, left one thing missing, which was particularly relevant to today’s audience. Science was not enough. The Enlightenment idea that the truth would set us free has proved illusory. What’s needed is creative talent. ‘How can we fire up the sense of empathetic connectedness between people?’ he asked, ‘It makes the creative industries absolutely pivotal.’

via ashdenizen: pivotal role.



The Green Mini-Expo 
The Ford Theatres
December 7th, 2009 1pm-7pm 
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. EastHollywood, CA 90068  
Stop by any time during the day for fun,great informationand delicious food provided by Large Marge Sustainables!

Inspired by the strong environmental themes within Song of Extinction, Moving Arts has begun “Moving Green” by taking steps toward becoming a more eco-friendly company. The Green Mini-Expo is a way to celebrate these changes, as well as connecting audiences with local Green organizations and businesses that provide access to emerging green issues and eco-friendly lifestyle techniques.

Among the vendors participating in the Mini-Expo will be:

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
All Shades of Green
Jenneration Fix
Earth Resource Foundation
Large Marge Sustainables
and Smart Car!

Audience members are also welcome to participate in a free panel discussion with a diverse group of local, green professionals.  Among the panel participants will be Ian Garrett from The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Jessica Aldridge, Zero Waste Event Coordinator/Consultant and Natalie Freidberg of All Shades of Green.

GREEN MINI-EXPO SCHEDULE 1pm-7pm  Expo Open to Public3pm-4:30pm  Matinee Performance of Song of Extinction 5pm Moving Green – Panel Discussion on How to Live a Greener Life (45 minutes)7pm Song of Extinction Pay-What-You-Can-Performance for more information e-mail:  

If you haven’t seen the show the critics are calling… 

“Exquisite”  Stage Scene LA 
“Gorgeous” LA Weekly   
“Lyrcial”  Los Angeles Times
“Perfection”  Curtain Up
“Captivating”  LA Taco 
You only have two weekends left!    


Updated Information for ‘Moving Arts, Moving Green’ Expo

As part of the Talk Back Series for our current production, “Song of Extinction,” Moving Arts will be hosting a greening expo on December the 7th.   The expo will begin at 2pm on Edison Plaza at the Ford Theatres and will run until the start of the pay-what-you-can performance at 7pm.  (see schedule below)  This is an opportunity for local green businesses and green organizations to educate and inform our audiences in attendence about their services.  Additionally, a Green Business Insert will be included in the program for all of the four weekend performances.  At 5pm, there will also be a free panel discussion with various local spokespeople on how to live a greener life.  (Speakers T.B.D)

When: Sun, Dec 7, 2008 
Where: The Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles, CA 90068

If you would like to participate as a presenter:

1pm Table Set-Up
2pm Expo open to public
3pm – 4:30 Matinee Performance of “Song of Extinction”
5pm Moving Green – A Discussion on How to Live A Greener Life
7pm “Song of Extinction” — Pay-what-you-can Performance

Expo Tables, $100 (with 1/4 page Green Business Insert Ad included)
$75 if you confirm before November 26th.
Green Business Insert Ads:
$50 Full page Ad
$20 Quarter Page Ad
$10 Business Card Ad
$5 Line Ad