Ecological Performance Manifesto
Ecological performance seeks not to educate or inform but to disclose and uncover. It is distinctive in its subtlety. It is not agit-prop but that is not to say that is not politically engaged.
Ecological performance is about interconnections. Interrelated connections betweens audience, performers, place, site, nature, and the biosphere. These connections exist outside of the performance, but the performance acts a space which foregrounds these interconnections and provides an opportunity to attend to them.
Ecological performance recognises the complexity of nature. Nature is not Eden. Nature is dynamic, constantly evolving and adapting, shifting and changing. It is at the same time necessary for life and highly dangerous. It conceives nature as an all encompassing set of relationships in which all of the living world is involved it. Nature has both aesthetic and ethical inherent value.
Ecological performance is here now. It is not backwards looking or nostalgic, nor is it concentrated on ignoring the present in hopes of a better future. It celebrates what we have now but it also recognises what is missing and what is requires attention now.
Ecological performance conceives of the performance-makers as activists. That is to say, they are actively engaged in the addressing the socio-political-ecological themes and issues that encompass the performance.
Ecological performance does not judge. It seeks to help new audiences discover new places and connections. It seeks to engage humour and ethics, dissolving binaries, exposing not just two sides of the story but the story with infinite sides.