This blog is about exploiting the tension between performance and ecology through creative engagement with current strands of thinking and practice. A place to work out ideas about my current research and practice.
I am a performance-maker and ecodramaturg. My practice involves working outside of conventional theatre sites, especially in urban green spaces. I am currently a member of Plantable Performance Research Collective, a trans-national trio (UK, Canada, US) examining the interface between ecological restoration and performance, community engagement and sustainable actions. With Tanja Beer of the Living Stage and Green Stage, we developed the Trans-Plantable Living Room which took place in September 2013 in Cardiff and London.
Currently a researcher and visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech & Drama, my research centres around the development and articulation of an ecological performance aesthetic as a way performance may enact, engage and interrogate ecological relationships. My PhD broadly focused on site-based performance that offers direct experience of, or participation in, the living world, through the framework of ecomaterialism. This research sought to ask how performance may mediate peoples’ experience of the natural world. It is informed by discourses of ecological philosophy, landscape and place, aesthetics, postcolonial ecology and notions of dwelling.
I also co-convene a Culture and Ecology Network at the Young Vic, with Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe of FanSHEN, which brings together artists and practitioners interested in engaging with ecology. Since completing an MA in Theatre Directing (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2009) I co-founded Green Stage, with Rosie Leach, a company dedicated to making work about our complex relationship to the changing environment. With Green Stage I have directed productions and led workshops in such places as the Union Street Urban Orchard, Spitalfields City Farm and Regent’s Park, London. I have also worked extensively with Hampstead Theatre’s Heat & Light young company and IsoProductions. In 2010 I worked with Arcola theatre as an Energy and Sustainability Intern on their innovative Arcola Energy project. Originally from Canada, I completed a BA in Drama (2007) at the University of Guelph. My work in Canada includes Ars Poetica (writer/director) for the London Fringe Festival and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (staged reading).
You can contact me: lisawoynarski[at]gmail.com