In coming years, sustainability will, alongside things like timeframes and economy, be a thing to be considered as we plan and design our productions. However, we still lack concrete goals and structures as to how this new framework should be applied. Initially a transition to sustainable production might cost more, both in terms of time and resources. Eventually a circular production model could free up valuable resources. This could help us retain unique competences and hold forth the performing arts and its production methods as a model for restructuring in a world in transition. This is a positive development. To resist change and refuse adaptation to sustainable methods and materials is not an alternative. We don’t need to agree on the scale of risks that climate change will pose, but we can agree to trust the science behind recent predictions and to take these seriously. We can, both as individual practitioners and within our organisations, increase awareness and define clear goals. Work towards a climate-friendly transition should take place on four planes simultaneously: individual, institutional, educational, and political. We need to do this now, to meet the demands of the future while we still can make a difference.
Download my study (only in Swedish); Climate: The story of our Lives. Annika Bromberg 2021, Stockholm University of Performing Arts. https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:1572231pid=diva2:1572231
Article for Assitej 2022 about sustainability in Performng Arts
Master’s thesis as PDF (Klimatet, vår viktigaste berättelse)
Links to organizations that today work with sustainability in the performing arts.
Julies Bicycle, England
Bæredygdig Scenekunst, Danmark