On Wednesday, 03 June 2015, we performed at the International Alumni Project Seminar “The Way to Sustainability on the Isle of Rügen – Gaps and Bridges” in Greifswald. The project seminar brings together international alumni of Master programmes at German universities qualified in the fields of sustainability, ecology and/or conservation to discuss developments, challenges and opportunities of the respective fields. We performed at a prior alumni meeting in Greifswald in autumn 2013.
After our performance the orgaizers invited us to participate in the seminar’s guided tour on the island of Vilm – national park and “a heaven of captivating natural beauty, a gem of the Baltic Sea coast.” Below some pictures of the trip.
On Thursday, 30 April 2015, we performed at the public conference “BaWü-Labs GO! Start der Reallabore für den Wandel zur Nachhaltigkeit in Baden-Württemberg”, which launches sustainability research in seven interdisciplinary projects (Reallabore) around Baden-Württemberg. The event was organized by the Ministry for Science, Reseach and Art in Baden-Württemberg, took place in Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and focussed on the specific characteristics of interdisciplinary research and the Reallabor projects.
On Thursday, 23 April 2015, we performed at the annual party of the staff of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the University Freiburg. The faculty supports us – since the formation of our group – by allowing us to use the rooms of the Herderbau for our rehealsals and workshops.
In a fantastic start to 2015, we are happy to report that the Freiburg Scientific Theatre, in conjunction with the MEG Program, has received a generous grant from the University of Freiburg to develop and conduct a seminar and workshop series on Art and Sustainability Science. The grant, which was awarded by the University’s Student Representative Council, comes from an Innovation Fund designed to encourage inventive and original teaching methods.
The Freiburg Scientific Theatre intends to use the grant to bring prominent international academics working in the field of interactions between art, sustainability and science to the University of Freiburg to lead a series of lectures and open discussions. In addition, a series of interactive theatre and art workshops will be held to encourage university students to experiment with the use of artistic methods to communicate important sustainability science messages. The two-part program will be held over the summer and winter semesters in 2015, with each part culminating with a public performance by the Freiburg Scientific Theatre.
More details on the Art and Sustainability Program will be posted on this website soon.
On the 17th and 18nd January 2015 we facilitated the first public Scientific-Theatre Workshop in Freiburg. During those two days a group of ten international participants got to know basic exercises and tools of our Scientific-Theatre method. After experiencing various interactive theatre games they learnd basic techniques of Improvisation-Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Theatre for Living. At the end of the workshop the group developed some short theatre sketches on sustainability issues.
In case you are interested in a Scientific Theatre Workshop in your town and/or organisation, please contact us and we can develop a tailored proposal for you.
The first weekend of December 2014 we spend at a 250-year-old hut in the Black Forest. On Saturday we reflected on the shows, workshops and developments in 2014 and started to dream and plan the upcoming year.
The result of this exciting collective process was a tree (see pictures) – the roots symbolizing our experiences and history, the trunk to represent the present and a wide crown of dreams and wishes for the future. Inspired by the fun day we decided to develop new scenes on climate change in the first month of 2015.
For Sunday we invited all members of the association to the annual membership meeting (Mitgliederversammlung) to discuss the finances of the Freiburg Scientific Theatre e.V. and elect new board members. To enjoy the fact that the Mathisle Hut is surrounded by forest, we went for a long hike in the afternoon – and continued to plan a world/ transsiberian tour in 2016.
Invited by the netzwerk n we performed on Friday, 10th October 2014 at the “konferenz n -Hochschule weiter denken” in Bochum. The conference asked how education and research for sustainable development should be designed and what part students play in this process. The organisers invited students and university officials that are promoting a sustainable university – especially members of student initiatives.
The Freiburg Scientific Theatre opened the event with a tailored performance on sustainability issues in universities, facilitated various exercises and the development of standing pictures by the conference participants. In addition, we close the conference with a second performance on changing systems to be more sustainable. Pictures of our performance as well as the facilitation of theatre exercises are below.
Eight actors of the Freiburg Scientific Theatre enjoyed a theatre workshop with Vanessa Segura during the past three days. The team learnt new techniques, got to know exciting exercises and developed some new scenes. An important element of our approach is that we work with an array of professional theatre educators to expand our knowledge of various theatre techniques and styles.
On Saturday, 12th July 2014 we performed at the final event of the “Freiburger Aktionstage Nachhaltigkeit” in Bürgerhaus Zähringen. At the event organized by the Freiburg city council we presented three of our scenes on consumer’s resposibility in German.
In addition to a Scientific Theatre Workshop, we presented various scenes on the “Cost of Food” at the Wirkcamp 2014 in Freiburg on 1st May. The event was organized by an initiative called “Synagieren – Initiative für Gemeinsames Handeln” and more than 160 students & practitioners from all around Germany participated. The performance was videotaped and we are currently working on the editing. The scenes developed by the participants of the Scientific Theatre Workshop are published on the Wirkcamp’s website within the next weeks.
In case you are interested in your own Scientific Theatre Workshop facilitated by our team, please read more about our workshops and our approach or contact us.