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Changing Climates Festival
Highly Sprung present

Changing Climates Festival

Mon 28 June - Thurs 1 July 2021
  • Drama

This event takes place at Belgrade Theatre B2 Stage

A week-long festival of environmentally themed youth performance.

Showcasing performances from young people across the region. Using physical theatre to respond to themes exploring the climate crisis.

The Changing Climates Festival, produced by the newly established Coventry Young Producers Collective, provides a platform for 400 young people aged 11-19 to undergo professional standard training in performance making and engages them in environmental activism where theatre is used as a creative response to local and global environmental problems.

Changing Climates Festival presents performance responding to themes of environmentalism in its widest form, considering questions regarding the impact of climate change and pollution in our societies and on us as individuals. What will our futures look like if no action is taken, what will the impact be on clean air, fresh water, unlimited food and resources, even our ability to communicate with each-other?

The Changing Climates Festival challenges young performers to engage in an intensive devising process with Highly Sprung artists to create a 20minute piece of thought provoking and inspiring physical performance to showcase their talents.

Each evening, the Festival will conclude with Winter Rites, a headline performance devised by Sprung Advance, Highly Sprung’s experienced cohort of young performers. Set in a dystopian future, earth finds itself slowing on its axis. Winter Rites examines the reasons for the slowing and the power of possibility. This original piece which will showcase and harness the energy, power and commitment of young people to tackle the climate emergency.

Highly Sprung is the UK’s leading physical theatre company making work for and with children and young people. Creating outdoor and indoor performances that tell stories through movement, gesture and dance. Stories inspired by humanity, science, and the complex world around us. Highly Sprung also train artists in physical theatre and run projects in primary and secondary schools here and across the world.

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