Everyday Nature: Acting on Climate Change through Participatory Community-Based Theatre, proposes that experiences revealed and shared through community-based participatory theatre link embodied learning with the identification of constructive environmental actions that can be meaningfully sustained in everyday life.

Project Description:

lowering my carbon footprint is a poetic investigation into the sacrifice involved in my effort to walk lightly on the earth. The project is twofold, one part is my outdoor experience in places like Woodhaven Park, and the other is creating an indoor environment where participants can try walking “limitations.” The participatory experiences offer an embodied creative reflection on the implications of what lowering our carbon footprint might actually mean in our everyday lives.

Limitation of comfort:

The first limitation is to walk in pointe shoes while leaving a trace on a paper floor. Assistance will be available to make sure no one gets hurt.

Limitation of caring:

The second limitation is to place as many 10” willow sticks between your thighs as possible and then walk until the sticks drop.

Video, rough edit:

The video of my Woodhaven experience is related to the participatory work in that it is a stage of my creative process that was necessary for me to go through but does not entirely reflect the overall intention of my larger research project.  lowering my carbon footprint, started with my own experience of re-embodiment while the participatory limitations mark the transition into the development of a community project.

Video credits:

Woodhaven videographer: Lori Mairs

Walking feet video recording: Jeannette Angel

Editing: Julia Prudhomme


Biography Notes:

I am a formerly trained ballet dancer from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional program, a graduate of Contemporary Dancers and a BFA in Interrelated Arts majoring in Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts from Concordia University, and a Master’s in Art History, concentrating on Performance Art in the 1960s. I have trained and danced in many forms including ballet, modern, African village dance, Butoh, square dance and a hint of Tango.