the earth, that is sufficient (a performance project in many mushrooms)
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 process of creating the journey of the earth, that is sufficient is taking place over the course of three years - from December 2016 to the fall of 2019. This atypical length of time affords the creative team, led by Welders Producing Playwright Annalisa Dias, enormous opportunities for contemplative inquiry and arts practice; building a bibliography of research materials, research visits to the Arctic and other regions where the climate crisis is already having deep impacts; and open workshops on the relationship between the arts, interconnected ecology, and hope for the future. The iterative piece 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?”
Artistic development for the earth, that is sufficient has been 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.