Performance Ecology Project October 15th - 29th
In Collaboration with Cooperative Performance
Created by Jeff Grygny & Directed by Brian Rott
The Performance Ecology Project is a research project/performance that explores how somatic practices can enhance our experience of meaning and value in living nature. Over five weekends this Fall, three actors, a dancer, a musician, and two poets will meet at the Morton Arboretum near the Riverside Branch of the Urban Ecology Center. Local professional teachers will lead them in sessions of yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, improvisational movement, and theater games. Then, with senses open, the performers will go into the woods, looking for encounters with other species. With the help of guest director Brian Rott of Quasimondo Physical Theatre, their stories, songs, and poems will go into a “performance report” of their journeys.
Performance Ecology investigates a playful practical way to get to know our nonhuman neighbors on their terms: sensory, embodied experience. This experiment is the first step on a seldom-walked path that could lead to innovations in ecological education, advocacy, and culture.