Climate Change Theatre Action at Dragvoll Campus, Trondheim

Oct 192023
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October 19, 2023
10:15 – 13:30

Theatre and drama master students from Norwegian University of Science and Technology have taken the course DRA3000: Theatre research methods, and they have explored performance as research methodology, and created three performances. Their community partner has been 8th grade from Trondheim International School and their English teacher Kimberly Wallace. The performances and concrete actions have three different locations at the Campus, Dragvoll in Trondheim, and they will be performed three times for the school students and bachelor students. The course coordinator is Heli Aaltonen, who is as well main teacher of the course. Other teacher-artists involved in the event preparation are Nils C. Hamsund Boberg, Eirik Brenne Torsethaugen, Christian Gade Bjerrum (Bæredygtigt kulturliv NU!) and Ásgerður Gunnarsdóttir (Dansit). 

A Little Green
Studio, 10:15 – 11:00, 11:30 – 12:15, 12:45 – 13:30

Performance created by Kari Holmen and Tord Stavrum is based on the text A Little Green by Charly Evon Simpson.

Everything good must begin. But where does one begin? A child and its grandparent is nearby a grand tree. Which perspectives do you get from different stages of the tree, which perspectives can we give to each other? And how do we find a small glimpse of hope if we can’t see it?

Action will be created with audience to sow seeds of wildflowers to outside area of the Dragvoll university campus and donate production money to NGO, which will take care of biodiversity.

The Polar Bears
Black Box 10:15 – 11:00, 11:30 – 12:15, 12:45 – 13:30

Performance created by Irini Johnsen Kyrifidis and Liv Kristin Mikalsen, with Brage Eikanger Hagen, producer, and Jo Berntsen technician, is based on the text The Polar Bears by  Nic Billon.

The whole performance will have a duration of 40 minutes, where 20 will be us performing the play, and the other 20 minutes will be dedicated to the climate change action. We are humanoid polar bears, that try together with our audience (students age 13) to find different solutions on how to solve our problem – “there is not enough sea ice for us to hunt the seals”. The climate action is to look at some artworks these students made out of trash we collected alongside Trondheim’s harbor. Read out loud a poem called «Terje Vigen» from Henrik Ibsen, where hunger is the main factor talked about. Donate together with the audience 3,000 Norwegian Kroner to the organization “The Ocean Cleanup”.

50 Ways to End Mother Earth — In Under Five Minutes!
ELI-lab, 10:15 – 11:00, 11:30 – 12:15, 12:45 – 13:30

Performance created by Aasta Valen, Eugen Johnsen and Helene Bergo Mund is based on the text 50 Ways to End Mother Earth — In Under Five Minutes! by Kirby Vicente

In this performance, we invite our audience into a future-minded experience. We want to awaken a conscious relation to our society by confronting our audience with critical matters. Throughout this performance, we attempt to plant a seed within the audience to reflect upon the need of system change. We will explore the art of performance and investigate the concept of “not-not me”. What happens when the audience experience someone they trusted attempt to mobilize against climate action? At the end of the performance there will be an opportunity for the audience to engage in a conversation about climate change and climate justice and reflect upon their role in the current crisis.

As a result, each group will be left in charge of a sum of money that they can utilize how they wish (within a framework and given limitation). We suggest to donate to different NGOs working for nature protection and awareness waking.


Dragvoll Campus – Department of Arts and Media Studies, Theatre and Drama Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Høgskoleringen, Trondheim, Norway

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