When Science Meets Art

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Chantal Bilodeau
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Chantal Bilodeau
Playwright and translator, Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, US
Interests: science, policy, art, and climate change
Project: SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART TO MAKE THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
presented as part of the SWS Vienna GREEN Plenary programme, December 2020

Chantal Bilodeau is playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. In her capacity as Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming
Playwriting awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as first prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and in the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. Her plays and translations have been presented in over a dozen countries around the world.

Professional Biography ....

Chantal Bilodeau is playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. In her capacity as Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the U.S. and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival.

Playwriting awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as first prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and in the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. Her plays and translations have been presented in over a dozen countries around the world.

In addition to curating HowlRound Theatre Commons’s only recurring blog series, Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, she has written on the same subject for “American Theatre Magazine”, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Future Earth, and the World Policy Institute, as well as contributed to several academic volumes including, most recently, “International Climate Protection” and “Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming Society”.

She is currently writing a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states and, in 2019, was named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine

Artistic Statement...

"As a Québécois playwright raised in a minority culture and language, but now living in the U.S. and writing in English, I often find myself at crossroads – between languages, between cultures, between social classes. So I quite naturally take on the role of facilitator: I invite people who might not normally encounter each other to engage in meaningful conversation. I also feel passionate about using theatre to bring environmental and social justice issues into the public discourse; I believe artists can help define how we collectively shape our future. The creative and collaborative process makes us uniquely qualified to distill seemingly intractable problems down to human-size components. Given how polarized our society has become about the climate crisis and other social issues, narratives that can move us away from divisive politics and apocalyptic thinking, and toward compassionate listening, are urgently needed.

The rate of change in the Arctic is greater than anywhere else. Already, we are losing incredible riches, both natural and human, before we have learned to fully appreciate them. With the plays of The Arctic Cycle, I am trying to capture this moment in time, to acknowledge the transition, to bear witness to disruptions that are so massive that we will be struggling to comprehend them for years to come. Storytelling has always been humans’ way of understanding the world and themselves in it. Now that we are facing our biggest challenge yet, we need those stories to ground ourselves and propel us forward with an equal measure of purpose and compassion. "

Chantal Bilodeau


Project: ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN CLIMATE STORYTELLING
Presented: as part of the SWS Vienna GREEN Plenary programme, December 2020
Zoom session: 0:28 h

How can theatre be a powerful agent for change in addressing the climate crisis? Storytelling can open up avenues for difficult conversations and inspire action. Founder and Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, Chantal Bilodeau, will discuss Climate Change Theatre Action, a biennial initiative that presents a series of worldwide readings and performances of short plays about the climate crisis. See how we can connect local and global issues and give agency to communities.

 

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