Resisting Extinction offers practices for living and dying together on a damaged earth. Resisting Extinction invites us to not only look forward but to look around and notice what we are losing. This ecological crisis is an identity crisis. Everything is shifting. Recognizing grief as a legitimate response to this multi-species mass extinction is a vital step to expand our understanding of what it means to be alive in this swiftly transforming moment. We can’t rely on models that perpetuate this crisis. We need to practice embodied knowing to repair our relational field. We must hone our skills. to improvise, to play, to experiment,  to be receptive, to be in the unknown and trust we have the resources in our bodies to negotiate, survive, and thrive. 

Resisting Extinction unfolds as a series of three experiences: 

  • weather walk is a one-on-one performance journey. We will transform our small talk about the weather. 
  • the missing is an invisible performance that flickers on the periphery of our consciousness where a critically endangered multi-species being haunts the landscape.
  • dying and decomposing meditations – practicing for potential climate realities

It is suggested for audiences 12+. 

Upcoming performances:

  • Performance Arcade/ If the City is a Festival, New Zealand, February 2023
  • Tantsruum, Tallinn, Estonia, April May 2023

“I notice that I am receptive to this way of re-learning knowledge about nature, like an extended science lesson where I get to feel my body. Resisting Extinction became a ritual where I could reflect on the climate crisis and its consequences. The conversational form in the first practice gave an informal entrance to venting my own thoughts and feelings, and the performance method in the second practice created a relaxed atmosphere where I could take in a possible future scenario. The participatory, open form made me think about my own role in the climate issue and whether I can do more for the climate than I already do. In this way, the performance activates a co-responsibility that makes me receptive to tools and knowledge that I do not already have.” Marte Reithaug Sterud, Norsk Shakespeare Tidsskrift

“I loved the way the weather walks (with their sensorial components) make more concrete and personal issues that would be otherwise abstract and remote.” Christina Archetti, Professor in Political Communication and Journalism, University of Oslo

“During the experience I was confronted, invited to see, feel, listen and reflect. I became curious, I felt relief and I got scared. I faced myself and I turned my face to earth. I apologized to earth, for not taking better care of it, for not being it’s true friend and companion… I realized that first of all I have to change my intentions. I got stricken by the power of art.” Resisting Extinction audience at Bygdøy, Oslo

Past performances: SITE, Farsta, Sweden, Bærum Kulturhus, DanseFestival Barents, Hammerfest, DansiT and Rosendal Theater in Trondheim, Bygdøy, Oslo, Field and Stream exhibit ArtStart, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA, The Embodiment Conference 2020, online, The Body-Mind Centering Conference 2020 online, Body IQ at the Somatics Academy, Berlin, Love in the Time of Covid online publication Love in the Time of Covid,

Credits: Concept: Olive Bieringa Directors: Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad Co-creating performers: Maria Lothe, Sigrid Marie Kittelsaa Vesaas, Ornilia Ubisse, Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn, Kristina Gjems, Otto Ramstad, Olive Bieringa, Nina Wollny, Daniel Persson, Oliver Connew and Uma Ramstad Costume design: Kristine Gjems Contributing writer: Laressa Dickey 

Resisting Extinction program notes

Related curriculum: Ecosomatic Practices for Living and Dying on a Damaged Earth