Humanity Overtakes the Performative Arts in the Age of Anthropocene
"Today, at the final shores of Humanism —of the Anthropocene— of the era in which human beings are the natural force that has changed the planet the most, and will continue to do so— the mission of the theatre is – in my view - the opposite of that which gathered the tribe when theatre was performed at the back of the cave: today, we must salvage our connection to the natural world." (Sabina Berman)
Theatre is the simplest form of representation. It has been around since the dawn of human civilisation and continues to connect us in the most wonderful ways. It mirrors our condition, allows us to feel empathy. And thus, inevitably so, it must rescue our relation with the 'other' amid a society marked by social isolation and loneliness; of rampant fear of 'the other'.
At Boom 2021, performances are taking a whole new stance. From the most classic concepts of dramatisation to immersive interventions, circus, dance and artistic residencies, we wish to raise questions rather than answering them; converging rather than pushing away; talk about death so as to make space for life; draw the outline of hate to convey love; show misery on the way to happiness.
Without any big structures nor grandiose stages. On a human scale. By people, for people. Without machines, magic nor imaginary beings. Get ready for a collective experience of human connection.
The program is continuously updated as we journey closer towards the festival dates.
(Selfie sticks, mobile phones and national flags are not transcendental or psychedelic at all. Just the opposite. They represent the dark side of the Anthropocene, as they disrupt the flow of Here & Now and interfere with the state of Oneness.)