At the Wirkcamp 2014 from 1.-4. May 2014 in Freiburg we offered a scientific theatre workshop. The event was organized by an initiative called “Synagieren – Initiative für Gemeinsames Handeln” and students & practitioners from all around Germany were invited to participate.
During the two days of the workshop we shared our experience of how to use theatre as a tool for communicating policy and scientific debates on sustainability. We introduced some basic theatre exercises that then enabled us to playfully and interactively deal with sustainability issues and start a dialogue amongst ourselves and the environment. During the two days, we collectively found common themes that we were interested in to develop short scenes which we combine into a small piece.
Last week we presented our new scenes on the cost of food at the 2014 Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance organized by the eights generation of the Master of Environmental Governance students. The event titled “The Cost of Food – Beyond the Price Tag” involved various creative workshops on scienece slam, infographics, theatre and visual arts, followed by a public panel discussion. In addition, the students launched the Freiburg Urban Agriculture guide and a Smartphone App.
Mid-October we organized a Scientific Theatre Tour to the Baltic Sea. In Greifswald we performed as part of the alumni conference “Conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems” on 12th October and for a wider public in the student organized theatre on 14th October. In between Sadhbh, Andrea, Jade and Torben facilitated a 5-hour workshop for the Ökohaus e.V. Rostock and the team showed potpourri of various scenes as evening event at the Peter-Weiss-Haus in Rostock. Despite the tight schedule we couldn’t forego a bath in the Baltic Sea.
Invited by the Youth Future Project and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) we performed at the Youth Future Conference 2013 in Bonn. The Freiburg Scientific Theatre showed the new play “A Bachata in Fukushima“, which deals with the theme of energy transition. It includes scenes on fracking, nuclear energy, feed-in tariffs, green jobs and power relations in the energy sector.
On 14th August we presented our new play “A Bachata in Fukushima” at the BRIGHT Students’ Conference 2013“Energy Transition in the 21st Century”. The BRIGHT Students’ Conference is an annual gathering of students from member universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The conference aims to provide an environment in which excellent students can focus on themes crucial to their education and cultural development, as field specialists and stakeholders of the Europe of tomorrow. The conference offers the participants a platform on which they can discuss politically, socially and intellectually challenging topics that are shaping our present and future.
In June 2013 we were invited to perform at the opening of the Marburger Bildungsfest. The Bildungfest takes place in tepees directly by the riverside in Marburg. Topics of the annual 4-day festival are education, sustainability, equity and political action. We enjoyed the unique experience of performing in a circus tent and were grateful for the great opportunity to play in Marburg.
On the 6-7 June we performed at the “InContext Final Conference & Informed Cities Forum 2013“. In addition to various scenes of our first play “Setting the Stage for Sustainable Consumption”, we developed two new scenes on urban sustainabilty and changed the storyline connecting the scenes. For the first time we didn’t staged the performance in one single time-slot, but distributed it throughout the event in 15min sketches between breaks.
Due to the positive responses from diverse audiences with different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds, and the motivating personal experiences we enjoyed during the project, we decided to take our initiative to the next level. In November 2012 we founded a legal association (e.V.) in Germany. This legal entity allows us to receive donations and promote the concept of Scientific Theatre as corporate body by organising performances that facilitate a dialogue on sustainability between practitioners, scientific communities and the public.
In October 2012, the Freiburg Scientific Theatre was honoured by the University of Freiburg for its outstanding engagement in creating and performing “Setting the Stage for Sustainable Consuption” for the 2012 Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance. The Theatre’s forging of new paths in academic communication through its innovative combination of science and arts to convey the topic of sustainable consumption also earned it the University’s nomination for the “Sonderpreis für herausragendes studentisches Engagement des Landes Baden-Württemberg” (a state-wide university student engagement award).