Internationally renowned philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist Bruno Latour presents an epic, physical and intelligent work on human apathy and climate change
Bruno Latour turns to theatre for the first time in his career to explore a question intrinsic to his life long research – can humans feel an emotional response to climate change? Played out beneath a suspended silk canopy, the work considers the effect of scale on our emotional responses to ecological disaster, with the aim of using theatrical form to explore the subject in a more personally affecting way.
Written by Pierre Daubigny, a humanities professor at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure the work serves as an experiment in human engagement and public discourse, and has been created through collaboration with a philosopher, a playwright, artists and researchers. Following concepts laid out by Latour, Daubigny developed the script through workshops with directors and performers trained at the Jacque Lecoq school in Paris, while Latour continued his study into the subject. Numerous meetings between the play’s artistic team and several researchers in climate science took place throughout the show’s development.
Bruno Latour said, “I have been working for a long time on political ecology, and through that work have explored the great disconnect between the importance and scale of what is at stake and the narrow repertoire of emotions and feelings with which we try to handle those stakes. Hence the idea that on stage you could explore all those disconnect with an older and more flexible medium than philosophy. If Climate Change is indeed the most important event that is coming to us – according to climate scientists and political ecologists – how come that we are so quiet and slow to change our all ways of life? It’s a disconnect that fascinates me.”
Bruno Latour is a French philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist best known for his books We Have Never Been Modern (1991), Laboratory Life (1979) and Science in Action (1987). After teaching at the École des Mines de Paris from 1982 to 2006, he is now Professor at Sciences Po Paris where he is the scientific director of the Sciences Po Medialab. He is also a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Latour’s monographs earned him a 10th place among most-cited book authors in the humanities and social sciences for the year 2007.
Running Time: 1 hour + 30 minutes q&a with Bruno Latour |
Suitable for Ages: 7+
Funded by UCL and the Institut Français de Londres
A play by Pierre Daubigny Directed by Frédérique Aït-Touati and Chloé Latour
Set design Frédérique Aït-Touati and Olivier Vallet
With Claire Astruc, Luigi Cerri, Jade Collinet, Matthieu Protin
Costumes by Elsa Blin Lighting by Benoît Aubry Sound by Laurent Sellier
Produced by Compagnie AccenT & Soif Compagnie
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, LONDON WC1H 0AH
Saturday 14th January 2015
£21, £15 (concessions)
Box Office: 020 31081000
Monday 15th December 2014