The Climate Odyssey process – having fun and creating a play!

The Climate Odyssey (Odisseia pelo Clima) explores embodied and performative practices and their potential for climate change transformations. It puts forward and enlivens an example, where such forms of engaging communities can provide new insight into how equitable, just and sustainable transformations can come about. The process involved a series of interactive workshops with diverse arts-based methods and embodied practices to create performative material. From this process a space emerged for the creation of meaning about climate change. It seeks to contribute to new approaches to climate change using the potential of artful and participatory elements to increase awareness and agency for the topic of climate change.

Between February and June 2019 the we promoted weekly interactive art-and science workshops engaging local participants in the co-creation of the community theater Climate Odyssey to be presented to the public in a neighborhood festival in the end of May 2019 (Festival de Telheiras). In weekly interactive workshops we have been reflecting and sharing knowledge and perspectives on climate change. We have also been creatively playing with and dancing (!) about many different ideas related to it. Inspirations have been endangered species, climate fiction, historic events, utopian visions and many others. Some small performances are already crystallising.

Climate Odyssey is a transdisciplinary approach involving artistic practices, social and natural sciences as well as local knowledges and collaborations. The project aims to co-create with the local communities a thematic trajectory (‘odyssey’), which elicits local stories of change and transformation and make visible the various aspects (social, cultural, environmental) of climate change.