Ecostage is an autonomous online initiative that embeds ecological design thinking at the centre of the creative process, from the initial production stage onwards. It is a go-to place for practical guidelines, ecological values and the exchange of knowledge. At its heart is a pledge: a public act of commitment that not only provides individuals with a personal framework for a greener practice but also helps create the necessary collective momentum for sector-wide transformation.
Originally founded as Ecostage Pledge in 2015, it is currently being re-envisioned by a group of ecologically-minded professionals as a tool for motivating action, to help people in the performing arts sector make their practices more sustainable and be part of a global platform to connect and exchange knowledge.
Ecostage is intended for a cross section of all professions and skills in theatre and related industries, answering a need for shared principles and joint objectives to use from the outset amongst the whole production team. It is for all sizes of companies and types of production needs, and all stages of career.
The newly designed accessible site is to launch early in 2021, with an updated set of professional peer-reviewed principles, suggested actions and case studies, in which practitioners share examples of their successes and failures. It will be a place for exchange, shared learning and mutual support, offering a clear map of where to start and continue to develop an ecological practice.
Once launched, you will be invited to pledge, create a public profile, contribute to the library of resources, write a case study and access the Ecostage stamp to share on documentation as a show of commitment. The research and knowledge is to be part of the creative commons, making it readily available and free to use across the globe.
Ecostage represents a broad definition of ecology, in which everything sits within a complex and interconnected ecosystem with social and planetary boundaries. It reclaims speaking from a heartfelt place, untangling restrictive structures and helping us move past the fear of failure, in order to embrace positivity and co-create new narratives. It acknowledges and advocates that there can be no environmental justice without social justice, that we should take responsibility for the future, and that we must be part of the paradigm shift to create systemic change.
‘Not separate from Nature
but deeply embedded within a web of life’
Austrian-born American physicist, The Web of Life 1996