Can I Live? digital tour - watch online
BOOK TICKETS: touring ONLINE autumn 2021 - view from ANYWHERE in the world.
A filmed performance produced by Complicité in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Oxford Playhouse
Why don't we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.
In the face of a sense of helplessness about the climate catastrophe, Can I Live? is an outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone - and that through understanding the issues and connecting with the many powerful activists around the globe driving change, we can find a sense of hope for the future.
Please access the programme and resource pack here
Can I Live?
Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun
Director Daniel Bailey
Co-Director Simon McBurney
Dramaturg Kirsty Housley
Filmed by Create Anything productions
Editor Ash J Woodward
HOW TO WATCH - Digital Tour 2021
Can I Live? is a filmed performance available to watch online. You can watch Can I Live? from anywhere, regardless of which venue's website you book through. Simply choose the dates that suit you best, and go the website of the venue that is hosting the show online that week to book. You'll be sent simple instructions about how to watch the film on your chosen date from the comfort of your home... or mate's house... or cafe... or wherever you fancy… You can watch the film at any point in the period that the film is with your chosen venue. You will have 48 hours to watch from the moment you click play on the film.
Online watch-along and post-film conversation events: Thursdays at each venue
Age guideline: 12+
Tickets: Pay What You Decide
£1 / £5 / £10 / £15 / £20 / £50 / £150
English subtitles available
Audio description (by VocalEyes) available
Trigger warnings: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.
Digital Tour, 2021
Oxford Playhouse online
13 September 7.30pm - 18 September 11.59pm
Creative Folkestone, Quarterhouse online
20 September 7.30pm - 22 September 11.59pm
The World Transformed Festival, online
28 September 7.30pm - 11.59pm
Bristol Old Vic online
4 October 7.30pm - 10 October 11.59pm
HOME, Manchester online
11 October 7.30pm - 17 October 11.59pm
Cambridge Junction online
18 October 7.30pm - 24 October 11.59pm
25 October 7.30pm - 31 October 11.59pm
Barbican Centre online
1 November 7.30pm - 12 November 11.59pm
Theatre Royal Plymouth online
15 November 7.30pm - 21 November 11.59pm
Lighthouse, Poole online
22 November 7.30pm - 28 November 11.59pm
Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts
Presented by If Not Us Then Who?
Screening and Discussion: 7 - 10pm
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Workshops / Discussions: Can I Live?
A series of free online workshops and discussions
Join our interactive series of free, online workshops and discussions, taking place weekly from 16 September. These online events will take place in response to the online production of Can I Live? by Fehinti Balogun.
These events are a space for anyone feeling activated by Can I Live? to connect with the themes of the show and explore next steps in climate activism - whether you’re a total newcomer or have some experience and are wondering where to go next. Each week, we will be joined by a guest speaker involved in local climate activism, who will be sharing their own journey and experiences, and inspiring ways to get involved.
Please access the Can I Live? programme and resource pack here.
A place to connect with fellow audience members and exchange ideas. Guest speakers involved in climate activism, will share their own experiences in the movement, and highlight local climate actions to get involved with. The workshops will celebrate the presence and actions of the Global Majority within the climate movement, and will be a space to connect with each other through personal and lived experiences. They will be spaces to listen to new perspectives, reflect on the themes of the show, and learn more about the climate movement and how to make a start.
*The workshops are for individuals who identify as people of colour only.*
If you do not identify with the above, we kindly ask that you do not book for the workshops but book for the Online Discussions, which are open to all.
Join our online discussions inviting guest speakers involved in local climate activism to the stage to share their own journeys, experiences and learnings from the climate movement. The online discussions are a chance to hear new perspectives, possibilities and actions to inspire you. Learn more about some of the areas within the climate movement that are mentioned in the show. There will be space within these discussions for you to join in and ask your own questions to our guest speaker.
The events will happen on Zoom at 8.45pm on Thursdays online with each venue (except on Tuesday 21 September with Folkestone).
Details of how to book a place on the workshops and discussions will be emailed to bookers ahead each online event.
Thur 16 Sept, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
Guest Speaker: Nathan Lawson
Tues 21 Sept, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
Guest Speaker: Josephine Carter
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Thur 7 Oct, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
Guest Speaker: Ian Solomon Kawall
Ian Solomon-Kawall is an artist and eco activist, co-founder of May Project Gardens and Climate Change Engagement Manager for Bristol City Council. He has over 20 years of leading positive social change and raising awareness for a multitude of social issues through the powerful words and rhythms of Hip Hop music and a non-exhaustive passion for the environment and conservation.
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Thur 14 Oct, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
Guest Speaker: Rabia Begum
Rabia Begum is a student, artist, and activist based in Liverpool and Manchester. She is a board member on Manchester Climate Change Youth Board and artist working on Manchester Art Gallery’s Climate Justice Group. Rabia has worked on several projects with young people in Manchester, including ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse’, working as a Youth Co-Researcher, collaborating with Local Alternatives, which set out to reimagine local environments with children and young people.
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Thur 21 Oct, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
Guest Speaker: Anjum Nahar
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Thur 28 Oct, 20:45 - 21:45 BST
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Thur 11 Nov, 20:45 - 21:45 GMT
Guest Speaker: Samia Dumbuya
Samia Dumbuya is a climate justice activist that co-founded Seize the Vote, a platform that empowers young people of colour to be politically engaged in order to create change in their communities. Samia cares about intersecting environmental causes with social justice, highlighting the need to acknowledge their interconnected relationships. Samia has facilitated workshops raising awareness on environmental racism and climate resilience, and they are currently running an 8-week programme for young people of colour to learn about eco-anxiety.
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Thur 18 Nov, 20:45 - 21:45 GMT
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Thur 25 Nov, 20:45 - 21:45 GMT
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The Walk with Little Amal
Complicité welcomes Little Amal at Dover
"no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore"
- Warsan Shire
Complicité welcomed Little Amal for The Walk at St Margaret's Bay in Dover, beneath the White Cliffs. Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a nine-year old Syrian girl, is walking across Europe to shine a light on the stories of millions of young refugees. More than 15,000 migrants have made the dangerous journey crossing the English Channel, the world's biggest shipping lane, since the start of 2021.
The Walk, a collaboration between Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company, is a festival of art following Little Amal's journey from Turket to UK. Little Amal has travelled through eight countries, and been welcomed by hundreds of cultural events in cities, towns and villages all along her route.
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk, invited Complicité to create a welcome for Little Amal at Dover. Directed by Complicité Associate, Sasha Milavic Davies (everything that rises must dance; The Suppliant Women), performed by Toby Sedgwick (A Dog's Heart; The Noise of Time) and designed by Sarah Mercadé, with text from poet Warsan Shire. The performance of Little Amal's encounter on the beach explores how human connection transcends borders and oceans.
Watch the film here
Learn more about what you can do to help refugees here.
Complicité is seeking new Trustees
Are you passionate about the transformative power of culture?
Would you like to play a pivotal role in the future of one of the world’s most extraordinary theatre companies?
Whether you’re eighteen or 80, have seen ten Complicité shows or are simply intrigued about what we do, we want to hear from you.
Complicité is seeking new trustees to guide and support us in creating exceptional cultural experiences that transform people, inspiring creativity, delight, imagination and political action. We want people from a wide variety of backgrounds who can fire us up and challenge us with their insights and wisdom. You don’t need to come from a theatre background, simply have a demonstrable passion for the power of creativity, and a desire to support Complicité’s vision.
We are seeking to increase the diversity of our board, and particularly welcome applications from those who identify as coming from a migrant and/or global majority background, and those who identify as female/NB/Gender Queer.
Interview date: 12 October 2021
The Arts Hour, BBC
Simon McBurney hosts a special edition of The Arts Hour, on the BBC World Service
In a curtain raiser to the World Service Arts Festival, Simon McBurney will be talking to filmmakers, novelists and thinkers from across the arts. They will examine our fractious relationship with the world, looking at how telling and listening to stories might help bring us closer together in lockdown and beyond, both to each other and to the Earth.
Our removal from community and from nature has been happening in the West, not just during Covid-19, but for centuries. Now is the time to reflect on those relationships and rethink the role of society and our place on the planet.
Joining Simon to discuss these issues will be: Naomi Klein, the award winning journalist and author; Colleen Echohawk, founder of the Coalition to End Urban Indigenous Homelessness; Psychiatrist Dr Iain McGilchrist, who explains why he feels we’ve become more reliant on the left side of our brains and why that’s not a good thing; writer, art historian and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim on nature vs the economy in Ghana; actor Fehinti Balogun, who talks about how theatre is the perfect place to highlight issues including climate change; and filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro who explains why, in his opinion, storytelling needs to begin and end with nature.
BBC WORLD SERVICE
13 March 2021 at 8:06pm GMT
The Encounter online stream is an Offie Award 2020 winner
We are pleased to announce that Complicité's award-winning production of The Encounter has won an Offie Award 2020.
The production was streamed online for a limited period and won the award in the OnComm section of the Offies, for online work. The Offie Awards celebrate the achievements of independent, alternative and fringe theatre in London.
The Encounter was streamed on demand for free from 16th to 25th May 2020, in response to the first UK lockdown and closure of all theatres due to Covid 19.
Simon commented at the time:
“We are, as a consequence of this pandemic, bodily cut off from one another. Disconnected. Isolated. But perhaps this sense of our separation one from another, is simply a heightening of what we felt before this all began. We are thinking now, not only about how long this will last, but also what happens on the other side. To reconnect we need, perhaps, to learn to listen more closely. To each other. To our communities. To other cultures. To nature itself.
The Encounter is at its heart a story about ‘listening’, not 'hearing' but listening; to other, older narratives which, at the deepest level, form who we are, and if we do, we can imagine how we can 'begin' again.”
The show was made available to view via Complicité's YouTube, Twitter and website with the support of The Space Arts. We are grateful to many of our UK and international partners who supported the stream by making the show available on their websites for their audiences.
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Ways of Listening
Wednesday 29 July 2020, 8.30pm (BST)
In the last of Complicité's free lockdown talks inspired by The Encounter, Simon McBurney is joined by legendary pioneers Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and Nitin Sawhney to explore the act of listening.
We hear all the time. Our ears, even in sleep, unlike our eyes, are never closed. But listening is an act of conscious concentration which, in the words of John Berger, '...salvages meaning...' from the words and world around us. So how can we listen amidst the roar of these unceasingly cacophonous times, and could listening, ultimately, change the way we live?
This event was live streamed to Complicité's YouTube Channel.
This event was live captioned.
URGENT APPEAL FOR THE YAWAYLAPITI INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IN THE AMAZON
We are supporting a fundraising campaign for the people of the Yawalapiti Indigenous Community of the Upper Xingu in Brazil. The community has been severely affected by Covid-19 and needs urgent supplies to enable to them to care for the infected community members. Read more about their situation and donate here.