Don your frontiersman’s helmet for this comedic journey to the black heart of the earth’s ecological crisis. It smells like wet earth. It tastes like something just died. Its music is metal in your mouth, refined. Here you will see uncanny landscapes, Norman cows, and perhaps, if you are lucky, you may just meet three women from far flung countries who are stuck. in the muck. WTF. Watch as competing agendas paralyse and liberate them in turn and ever-changing reports give way to hybrid forms and weathering foul play. Part art installation, part Absurdist theatre ‘stuck’ uses clown, rhetoric and soft sculpture to laugh in the face of the cultural entrenchment around climate change.
THE PROJECT’S HISTORY
PHASE 1/ SEPTEMBER 2015/ Research Question: How do we go forward together with Climate Change and Art?
HOAX were invited to Fljotstunga Eco-Farm, Iceland to begin investigating a new work. The task was to respond to our changing climate using Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as the narrative catalyst. There we unpicked saga, epic and melodramatic modes and employed elemental interaction, clown, relocation and physical improvisation with found objects in our effort to find form.
Running in tandem to our exploration, Andrea Carr, scenographer dug deeper the potential of found festival materials and transforming them into corroborating structures. Read her report here.
After presenting a short scratch at the Pleasance London with ArtCop21 /Culture and Ecology Network and co-producing a series of play readings in Australia as part of the Climate Change Theatre Action, we continued to mine cultural narratives surrounding ecological crisis.
Research Question Answer: To go forward together we must clarify our terms and intentions in creation and negotiation.
FIG A. Video documentation of ‘journey’
PHASE 2/ AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2016/ Research Question: How do performance making structures reflect the climate change narrative? How do we go forward together?
stuck emerged as a performance-text that does not prescribe or fixate on ‘one way’ but rather represents the crisis of the climate change narrative. Since leaving Verne behind, we dialogued with Braidotti’s theory on post-humanism, Wagner’s position on ‘Man’s Relationship to Art and Nature’ and watched with increasing detail and horror real-time global negotiations. We were stuck. Overwhelmed. Immovable.
And so we embraced our feeling of listlessness and, pinching from Beckett, we buried ourselves. We stuck ourselves in rock formations, uncertain of who we were or what we were.We played with the weather. We pulled interesting flavours from milk. We exposed ourselves in front of audiences at Bathway Theatre Network and Unscene 199 Festival of Performance to test out our ideas.
Research Question Answer: We take turns to lead and follow in questioning and in execution.
FIG B. Work-in-progress experimentation with being unable to move
PHASE 3/ THE PRESENT/ Research Question: How do we unstick ourselves together?
We will begin with integrated performative ideas from previous phases.
We will play with the weather. We will evolve into stuckness and devolve beyond it.
We will engage the audience.
But most of all, we will play.
FIG C. “stuck”, Aesthetica Art Prize Long List 2017 (photo by Kasia Rucinska)
AYESHA TANSEY and FLAVIA BERTRAM of HOAX are joined by a group of stellar theatre makers.
LUCY HOPKINS/ Director / lucyhopkins.tumblr.com
SABRINA MANAC’H / Devising actor / www.sabrinamanach.book.fr
ANDREA CARR / Designer / www.andreacarr.co.uk
SOUNDSCAPE DESIGN/ Lucy Claire / www.lucyclaire.com
RICHARD PETTIFER/ Questionner, Interrogator / www.richardpettifer.blogspot.co.uk
PROJECT PARTNERS /
MANY THANKS / Lucy Claire/ Duncan E Robertson/ Sabrina Manac’h/ Emmanuel Strauss/ Cassandra Fumi/ Nikki S Thomas/ Autumn Tansey/ Barney Harrison/ Vanessa Hammick/ Joanna Wilson/ TOJ Tansey/ Lawrence Kendrick/ Lisa Woynarski/ Sofi Lee Henson/ SJ Fraser/ Bryony Thomas/ Zach Dunbar/ JP Beaud/ Carol Gorenko/ Krysta Dennis /Sue Tansey/ Sam Tansey / Jana Obermueller / Michael Butler/ Mary Lowery/ Robert E Bertram/ Sarah P Johnson/ Hillary & Geoff/ Amshala/ Tanja Beer/ Peter J Lowery/ Velan Taniga/Kristoffer C Huball