Based on an original concept developed by British director Katie Mitchell for Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is the first of two chapters in the Sustainable Theatre?-project, in which thirteen theatres in Europe and Asia reflect together on ways to make theatre more sustainable.
The play, a courageous reflection on theatre and life facing climate disaster, is handed over from Katie Mitchell to other artists with nothing more than a series of instructions. For example, the entire staging process, in a radical approach, must be sustainable. Therefore, the required power of the performance will be produced live with the use of electricity-generating bikes.
Martha Balthazar, columnist and director who graduated from KASK Ghent in 2021, will direct NTGent's version of the play. She will connect her artistic vision with the core topics of the performance.