Saturday, 15 August 2015

Detour to Le Drome

 A little detour to spend some time in Die, Le Drome with Marco and  Connie who we met in Portugal over the winter. Le Drome is a special place, full of babacools, relaxed, warm, open and fun. Die has a fantastique market every Saturday, with plenty of local producers, artists and crafts folk. It was fun performing our show at it. We love Le Drome!

Marco and Connie ar part of la Drogerie Moderne Theatre, a theatre company with a focus on community art, street theatre and connecting humans with one another.

We laughed a lot at their house, learned new games, enjoyed  lots of theatre talk, fun and discussions about  art, its value, its contribution to society, its healing powers and its ability to change the world.
We also discussed how the theory of decroissance envisions radically reducing the surplus and deploying it for a festive society in which citizens devise new, non-harmful ways to dispense it, ways that help build community and collective meaning.

At the moment it seams to be the opposite. In today’s capitalist civilization, as the surplus is accumulated it is invested to produce more growth that is then spent on more privatized acts of exuberant consumption.
Consume less, share more!


Whilst here the words of our old friend John Beedel, from Bristol, the Desperate Men popped into our head. He believes, as do Marco and Connie that "street theatre can change the world – re-connecting people with each other, reclaiming public spaces, inviting participation and direct involvement in making things happen – the imperative democratic performative – with provocative thinking, smiles, laughter, happy tears and new ideas." 

And it got us thinking what our little piece of theatre means, what message it sends out, what it achieves... We certainly have the same sentiment and want people to break out, start having crazy ideas, question the normal, set forth on adventures and break out of their little boxes....

It was a great time to recharge our creative and motivational juices!

Here another one of our favorite songs that keeps popping into our heads as we cycle past, rows and rows of little square houses with little square gardens, long lines of traffic jam, carparks full of mobile homes, towerblocks adorned with satelite dishes...

Little Boxes  

Cover of Melvina Reynolds song by Sammy Rae

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
― David Orr, Ecological Literacy

Here are some lovers, storytellers and peacemakers we met along our way.... and their bicycles...

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