The Ringling Will Host 'Ecoperformance Week' in September

The field of ecoperformance looks at climate change and environmental justice as multifaceted environmental and social phenomena that can be transformed through the arts.

By Staff July 23, 2021

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will host "Ecoperformance Week"  from Sept. 6- 12, 2021, with a slate of arts-driven events focusing on conversations, performances, activities and films about ecology, climate, culture and environmental justice.

The week will kick off with a streaming presentation of Ludic Proxy: Fukushima on Sept. 6. Set a few years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the film is a video adaptation of Brooklyn-based theater-maker Aya Ogawa’s play Ludic Proxy. The presentation, which runs approximately 35 minutes and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, may be viewed anytime during the day. Additionally, all ticketholders will have access to an “on demand” version, accessible throughout Ecoperformance Week.

"Performance and Environmental Justice: A Panel Discussion" will be held via Zoom on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This panel, which will feature Art of Performance season artists and collaborators, will focus on environmental justice and how culture, performance and storytelling impact awareness and social transformation.

The series will also include two films that will be screened in the Historic Asolo Theater: Trash Dance will be presented Sept.9th at 1 p.m. The film follows choreographer Allison Orr as she finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and the men and women who pick up our trash.

Waste Land will be shown on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Filmed over nearly three years, the film follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. The film will be presented in Portuguese with English subtitles.  

The week will close with a workshop on Sept. 11 via Zoom. "Decolonizing Theatre Basics" with Groundwater Arts will examine the nuances of colonization and how they intersect with how we live and work. The workshop will include both active and passive activities, as well as videos and discussions, creating radical access points for everyone of all levels to leave empowered.

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