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 into big talk about the climate emergency. 
  • “the missing” is an invisible performance that flickers on the periphery of our consciousness where a critically endangered multi-species being haunts the landscape.
  • Participatory grieving practices. Should we grieve our own potential extinction?

It is suggested for audiences 12+.  

“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

“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

Resisting Extinction program notes

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 and Uma Ramstad Costume design: Kristine Gjems Contributing writer: Laressa Dickey Funders and partners: Oslo Municipality, Kulturrådet, KORO – Public Art Norway, the Nordic residency at SITE in Farsta, Sweden, Klimahuset, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norskfolkemuseum, Bygdø Kongsgard, Oslo Kulturnatt, DansiT, University of the Arts Helsinki. Manatū Taonga | NZ Ministry for Culture & Heritage. 

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

Upcoming performances: Performance Arcade, New Zealand, SITE Festival, Sweden,  Bærum Kulturhus. 

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

Photos and video by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad