- Voice of Nature: the trial
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30/11 – 21:00 & 1/12 – 20:30
performance in English / 90 min.
Voice of Nature is a site-specific court case that investigates how legislation and justice can serve the threatened ecosystems of the earth, or: an artistic proposal for ecological justice. What legal basis exists for defending nature? How can we turn a mountain or a river into a legal entity? In the trial, Maria Lucia and her team connect conventional legal systems with processes such as restorative justice. They expose the trauma of damaged ecosystems and investigate the connection of such an ‘ecocide’ with power and colonization. Can we imagine a court case that transcends anthropocentrism? Is there a verdict possible that develops a collective language for humans and non-humans?
In this mid-creation showing you are invited to test the possibilities of participation with a complex display of evidences and witnesses. Through collectively interacting with the material the artists and audience together generate different configurations to overcome the many natures of ecocide.
MARIA LUCIA CRUZ CORREIA’s artistic work is based on her commitment to the environment. She responds to contemporary ecological infringements by bringing the public into contact with scientists, activists and lawyers, and creates temporary platforms that bring moments of division and harmony between seemingly unequal bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions, resistance, value systems and social transformation. In 2017 she received the Roel Verniers Prize at the Theatre Festival. Since 2012, she is part of the city residents programme of Vooruit. Her work is supported by the 2020 Network.
Concept, direction and set: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia – Text: Sébastien Hendrickx – Dramaturgy: Ingrid Vranken – Systemic Constellation Navigator: Luea Ritter – Performance: Maria Dafneros – Sound Designer: Joao Bento – Light Designer: Vinny Jones – Video: Mark Pozlep – Legal fact checker: Hendrik Schoukens & Juan Auz – Research documentation: Mark Pozlep & Hana Vodeb – Advisors: Jeroen Peeters, Starhawk – Production: Tineke de Meyer – Co-Production: Vooruit, Kaaitheater, workspacebrussels, Bunker, Het TheaterFestival, t-heater & Circuit X (Roel Verniers Prijs 2017) – Production: Fo.am – Residency & Research: No Lugar, Center for Creative Ecologies /Tj Demos, Artsadmin, BUDA kunstcentrum, wpZimmer – With the support of: Imagine 2020 / European Culture Program, the Flemish Community
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