Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, working with the artist Ant Hampton, is calling for arts workers, makers and audience members to contribute to ‘Showing Without Going: live performance options without air travel’.
What are the options for creating, producing and touring live performance in a world where we need to drastically reduce our energy use? Faced with an unfolding climate catastrophe, and building on what we’ve learnt during 2020’s Covid crisis, the project proposes to try and answer this question collectively.
In what ways, old or new, can live performance thrive and evolve within new constraints and without compromising on ‘liveness’ or international exchange? What examples of live performance formats can we reference or imagine that are feasible without air travel, while also expanding the horizon of what we think of as cultural exchange? This project’s simple aim is to gather these examples to create ‘a catalogue of possibilities’ which could help fire imaginations and indicate new routes.
Contributions are sought for:
Existing examples you know about: artistic practices or protocols, specific artworks / performances / formats that do not require air travel to tour or suggest possibilities in that direction.
Imagined versions of the above.
Any fears or concerns around this discourse that people want addressed.
The contributions will form a database – an unruly mass of ideas, a collectively-scrawled map of possibilities. From this, new connections and introductions will emerge, and the organisers will select a working group who will together untangle the lines, sort through the possibilities and imagine further. The end result will be an online and ever-growing publication / catalogue / compendium of possible formats for live performance touring without air travel.