The Ashden Directory
spacer only
spacer only
spacer only
spacer only
spacer only
the weather
spacer only
spacer only
oresteia cassandra
spacer only
and while london burns
spacer only
3rd ring out
spacer only
war horse
spacer only
feast on the bridge '09
spacer only
spacer only
bringing together environmentalism and performance
The Ashden Directory
spacer only
spacer only
your are in:  news
spacer only
directory database
features and interviews
Landing Stages ebook

spacer only
title:  The Full Story

$750,000 (£470,000) funding for US musical about climate change - reviews are in

Editors' note: The Great Immensity opened at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 24 February 2012, and will run there to 18 March.

The US National Science Foundation has awarded a $750,000 (£470,000) grant to The Civilians, Investigative Theater, a New York theater company, to finance the production of a play with music about climate change.

The Great Immensity explores the themes of climate change, deforestation and extinction in two distinct locations: Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal and the city of Churchill in arctic Canada. Both places have ecosystems already affected by the shift in climate, centers of scientific research, and relationships to global shipping. The play takes its name from a Chinese Panamax ship that the authors observed crossing the Panama Canal.

In the play, Polly, a photojournalist, disappears while working in the rainforests of Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal. Phyllis, Polly's twin, embarks on an international search for her lost sister that spans the North American continent, from the tropics to arctic Canada. The play draws on interviews with botanists, paleontologists, climatologists, indigenous community leaders, Polar Bear Tour guides, and trappers.

Two reviews are in. Robert Trussell of the Kansas City Star, finds the play well-performed, but short on dramatic tension.

    'The show seems dedicated to the notion that it’s possible to liberate vital information from research papers and science journalism and present it in an entertaining but no less informative way on stage.

    But if you accept this play’s contention that the planet is going down the tubes, is that knowledge really enough? People beset by immediate day-to-day problems — unemployment, health insurance worries — may have a to-do list that doesn’t include defending the eco-ramparts.'

Victor Wishna of KCMetropolis, an online journal of performing arts, agrees as far as the skill of the production, but finds shortcomings in the story itself, and its tendency to preach.
    'The only brush with optimism is the suggestion that a simple solution is still possible: all it will take is for the entire world to work together. (Hello? Have you met the world?)

    Unless you are already a dedicated researcher of climate science, you will likely learn something. But what exactly you are supposed to do with that knowledge after the houselights rise is, seemingly, part of the mystery. But that’s where the provocative comes in. Theatre-goers may very well leave The Great Immensity more frustrated and agitated than inspired. But unlike a lecture or even a documentary film, theatre isn’t expected to offer answers but to raise—to provoke—questions, to challenge assumptions, to take us from “there’s nothing to be done” to “Isn’t there something we can do?”'

Ashdenizen blogs on the reviews, comparing the production to Greenland at the National Theatre.

The National Science Foundation is a US federal agency that funds science, engineering and mathematics research and education. The theatre company says it plans to spend the money on the development and evaluation of the show, as well as on a tour and educational programs.

photo: copyright The Civilians

title:  Headlines

»  New productions:
In This Place - Wed's & Sat's in Sept
»  'Spirit in the Air' measures the climate impacts of Edinburgh Festivals - exhibition, events, talks
2 - 22 August
»  Southbanquet at the South Bank, 31 August and 1 September
»  People Profit Planet at World Stage Design 2013
5 - 15 September
»  Our pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
»  Edinburgh International Festival - 'Leaving Planet Earth'
»  Environmental Art Festival Scotland - 30 Aug - 2 Sept
headline acts: Cinema Sark, The Rise and Fall of the Grey Mare’s Tail, Gimme Shelter, Glimpse
»  14 ways to look at Scotland: 14 arts projects for Year of Natural Scotland
»  Mayor's Thames Festival - 6 - 15 September
»  Exhibitions:
Aquatopia - 20 July-22 Sept
»  Conferences
»  Events
»  Seminars and talks
»  Workshops
»  TippingPoint starts crowd-sourced database of climate art
»  'Actipedia' - crowd-sourced database of activist art - goes online
»  CCANW moves to Innovation Centre at University of Exeter
»  'Oceans': Tania Kovats and Fruitmarket Gallery ask for bottles of sea water for 2014 exhibition
»  'On Ecology' edition of Performance Research published online
»  'Environmentalism' edition of Research in Drama Education published online
»  Kieran Lynn wins Nick Darke Award
»  Greening theatre news
»  The Man Who Planted Trees receives 2012 Award for Sustainable Production at the Edinburgh Fringe
»  New books:
The Oil Road
Dark Mountain 3
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Readings in Performance and Ecology
Beautiful Trouble. A Toolbox for Revolution
»  New Green Canterbury Tales: call for storytellers to make a pilgrimage
»  Creu Cymru partners with Julies' Bicycle to support sustainability of 42 Welsh venues
»  Julie's Bicycle and The Theatres Trust publish 'Energising Culture'
»  'Culture and Climate Change: Recordings' available as a book, as an online pdf and as podcasts
»  Arts Council England embeds environmental sustainability into funding agreements
»  $750,000 (£470,000) funding for US musical about climate change - reviews are in
»  Canadian Theatre Review focuses on 'Theatre in an Age of Eco-Crisis'
»  Sustainable theatres:
Julie's Bicycle's theatre plan
Sustainable Abilities online
toolkit from Mo'olelo
EMERGENCE: creative practices and sustainable futures
new builds: Small World, Green Light Trust, Arcola
»  Listen, watch, read: podcasts, videos and essays
Latest additions:
> TJ Demos: on dOCUMENTA (13), gardens, biotech & on Art After Nature
> TippingPoint Newcastle
> Wendell Berry: 'It All Turns on Affection'
> David Abram at Sensory Worlds
»  Library:
'Survival of the Beautiful'
Mojisola Adebayo's collected plays
'Metaphors for Environmental Sustainabliity'
'Mediating Climate Change'
'Theatre Materials'
»  E-script online: 'The Last Cuckoo'
»  CSPA 2011 Fringe Awards for Sustainable Production:
2011- 'Allotment'
2010 - 'The Pantry Shelf'
»  Recent news and still interesting
Sideways through Belgium
Not Waving but Drowning (LIFT event)
Ackroyd & Harvey in conversation
Choreographing Capital (Isaac Julien & David Harvey)
PSi#18 - a lot of ecology
and more ...
»  Recent productions, including:
My Last Car, As the World Tipped, SEVEN ANGLES, Fissure, The Heretic, Greenland, Earthquakes in London, 3rd Ring Out, PROTOZOA, Grasses of a Thousand Colours, The Contingency Plan, Zameen, Moj of the Antarctic ...
»  Exhibitions archive

page toppage top
page toppage top
home | timeline | directory database | features and interviews | download ebook | blog | about
© the ashden trust 2024