the earth, that is sufficient
(a performance project about hope)
This project is available for workshops & iteration.
Part theatre, part ritual, part epic journey, the earth, that is sufficient is a contemplative inquiry into the precarity of human relationships to extraction, consumption, and power. the earth, that is sufficient is an iterative performance project that conceptualizes theatre-making as an ecology, and asks audiences to consider the braided legacy of our past and the infinite possibilities we might stitch into a shared future.The project is told through the eyes of Lucy, the australopithecus, the 3.2 million year old hominid fossil. She speaks of the earth’s vast history and her relationship to lands, place, and time. With her, we wonder, “when a body has been turned into an object, where does it find rest?”
From February - November 2019 Creative Collaborators engaged in a multi-phase research, development, rehearsal, and performance process. Phases 1 and 2 resulted in the creation of a series of performance works, which we called Mushrooms. Phase 3 resulted in a final performance residency called HEARTSPACE, based at the Anacostia Playhouse.
We defined “performance” widely and welcomed all kinds of events/interventions/experiences that use a wide range of performative/expressive/interactive mediums/disciplines. As such, a Mushroom might be a one-time-only event, or it might be repeated. A Mushroom might last 10 min, or it might last 8 hours. As an embodiment of our commitment to iterativity all Mushrooms were developed as a response to one or more of the works that had been developed prior to it. In this sense each performance acted as a spore that led to a new work. Mushrooms then both emerged as part of and extended a mycelial network that runs below the ground of these pieces: communicating, transferring chemicals and signals.
Artistic development for the earth, that is sufficient was partially funded by the American Scandinavian Association, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Puffin Foundation, and the Theatre Communications Group Global Connections Program. The project was produced by The Welders in DC and globally throughout 2019.