Afterword: How to Celebrate

Rachel Hann

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


There are many timely and urgent ideas featured in this book. Yet, it is the provocation that production is reimagined as ‘celebration’ that excites. To practise performance as a celebration of human and nonhuman thriving is game changing. To make climate-changed theatre is to celebrate: to celebrate social interaction; to celebrate the deep pasts and deep futures of performance things and architectures; to celebrate the unique moment in history at which these people and materials have come together; to celebrate the release of energy, whether light from a lantern or the movements of the land. The cyclical model of Ecoscenography and, particularly production as celebration, offers a radical renewal on what it means to design events. The question I now ask is not why ecologically grounded scenographic practice should be embraced, but rather how. How can theatre and performance celebrate the interweaving of humans, things, and places? By way of an Afterword for this book and as a provocation to future practitioners, I offer three replies to this question: 1. Empty space is a colonial concept. 2. Health is a criterion for scenographic practice. 3. Design for the feelings that have no name.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcoscenography
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction to Ecological Design for Performance
EditorsTanja Beer
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789811671784
ISBN (Print)9789811671777, 9789811671807
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2021

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