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Ecoscenography in action: Bridging stage design with Nature connection to shape sustainable communities and well-being

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Abstract

In the midst of the climate crisis, both in terms of ecological and social issues, creatives must seek innovative ways to trigger and support active change. Interrogating our ways of working has become essential: How can we support the whole ecosystem? How can we deeply engage people? How can we be more accountable for our actions?

Responding to these concerns, this paper reflects on the benefits of applying ecoscenography in 'Glimpsing Air Pockets' creative process. It results in an immersive, multi-sensory dance theatre production which aim is collective wellbeing through active engagement and Nature connection. Original to Native American culture and recently recognized by New Zealand and India governments, I refer in my writing to terms such as Nature or Earth with a capital letter, granting them their personhood status with equal rights to human beings.

Written as a deep artistic reflection, this paper demonstrates the importance of linking the Arts and Nature connection to create positive social and environmental change for a more connected and resilient future of our society and the planet.
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Keywords: Nature connection; design thinking; ecoscenography; health; material embodiment; participatory; sustainability; wellbeing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Freelance Designer 2: 0000000106884984 Edinburgh College of Art

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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