“Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking and action that could provide the means to building more livable futures.” Donna Haraway.

Resisting Extinction is a performance work that cultivates tools to support our collective evolution. We will offer practices for grieving and resisting extinction amidst our spiraling ecological devastation.   Resisting Extinction will manifest through three simultaneously unfolding performance events along shorelines and riverbanks in different communities. 

weather walk is a one-on-one solo performance journey through the landscape. We will transform our small talk about the weather into big talk about the climate crisis, our microbiome, the evolution of our species, and mass extinction. We want to shift our audiences’ nervous systems to learn something new and transform the way we perceive ourselves as entangled porous beings of multiplicity. We want to build practices for living and dying together on a damaged earth. 

the missing is an invisible performance that flickers on the periphery of our consciousness. An unidentified multi-species being, an extinct beast, who haunts the landscape.

Many of us live in a death phobic culture so we have created a series of grieving practices. Recognizing ecological grief as a legitimate response to ecological multi-species loss is an important next step to humanize the climate crisis and its related impacts, and for expanding our understanding of what it means to be human and to survive in this swiftly transforming moment. Can and should we grieve our own potential extinction? 

One version of our dying and decomposing somatizations was presented as part of the 2020 Embodiment Conference. An audio version will soon be available.

Collaborators include Maria Lothe, Sigrid Marie Kittelsaa Vesaas, Laressa Dickey, Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn, Otto Ramstad and Olive Bieringa

Project partners include Oslo Kommune, the Nordic residency at SITE in Farsta, Sweden, Bærum Kulturhus, DanseFestival Barents, Stellaris Dance Company, Norway/New Zealand, and the Performance Arcade, New Zealand.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, supporting or presenting this work please get in touch.