Burning Ice #8


In search of … a political ecology 

The fifth report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) came out in March 2014, in the midst of the turmoil of Belgian elections. Its tone is clearer and more explicit than that of all previous reports: things are going from bad to worse, and if the current state of affairs continues, the consequences will be catastrophic even in this century. You would think that at election time this is something people would respond to and focus on in the public debate. But the silence was deafening.

We first set up Burning Ice in 2008, in the aftermath of the previous IPCC report. Even then, the big surprise was the lack of meaningful reaction in society, including the arts sector. Since then, Burning Ice has attempted to be a trans-disciplinary platform for artists, scientists, theorists, etc., that is looking for inspiring, motivating and imaginative stories to form the basis of a political ecology and of an effective transition to a sustainable coexistence between man and his environment. 

Burning Ice # 8 is looking ahead to the UN climate summit in Paris in November 2015, also referred to as the last-chance summit. Yet again! What is needed to make this summit different from all of the above and, this time round, to reach agreements that will make a difference?

The full programme will be announced in November 2014.


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Heike Langsdorf/radical_hope

A group of performers performs a choreography for passers-by 24 hours a day, for a whole week. In a shop window, they together create images based on movements we all perform every day, often without thinking: sitting, lying, walking, standing, making, seeing, dancing and speaking. You can choose whether to watch or even participate in this retreat in the public space.

David Weber-Krebs

The eighteenth century was a time of Progress and Enlightenment. Into the Big World is about this mythical time. Now that there is so much knowledge available, can we still capture the world in a single encyclopaedic overview? The view of the world these two performers present on stage becomes increasingly complex. Then the stage turns into a forum for the twenty-first century.

Rachid Ouramdane

The French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane has created a ‘sfumato’ choreography in which the scenes flow into one another and the boundaries of the bodies appear to dissolve. The dancers evolve in a landscape of mist and rain. The choreography is a metaphor for several ecological themes: the loss of habitats, the exile to unknown places, the memory that remains..

Myriam van Imschoot

The world is going to the dogs and the birds are spreading the news! What is nature telling us? Myriam Van Imschoot looks for an answer in a radiophonic performance, a play for six performers to watch and listen to, and which occasionally resembles a grim eco-fairytale. You won’t believe your ears.

Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii)

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination brings artists and activists together to carry out theatrical direct actions across Europe. Now the collective is retreating for a moment to the relative safety of the stage to collectively ask some disturbing questions about how to change our world. The show is combined with two workshops.