Atmen (Lungs), Schaubühne Theatre

Atmen (or 'Lungs' in English) was directed by Katie Mitchell OBE, at the Schaubühne International Theatre, Berlin.  Concerned with population growth and climate change, Atmen looked at how these factors make it difficult when you're young and thinking about the potential carbon footprint of your baby. The central concept of Mitchell’s production was that the actors, and stage crew, were on bicycles in the shallow concrete cyclorama, generating the power for the entire show by pedalling throughout.  As journalist Summer Banks states, 'this principle of human-generated energy is more than just flimsy greenwashing, it shapes everything about the production, from the lighting to the blocking to the sound design.' Electric Pedals' engineering therefore became a fundamental part of this cutting-edge, eco-theatre experience.

 

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