Marco and Connie ar part of la Drogerie Moderne Theatre, a theatre company with a focus on community art, street theatre and connecting humans with one another.
We also discussed how the theory of decroissance envisions radically reducing the surplus and deploying it for a festive society in which citizens devise new, non-harmful ways to dispense it, ways that help build community and collective meaning.
At the moment it seams to be the opposite. In today’s capitalist civilization, as the surplus is accumulated it is invested to produce more growth that is then spent on more privatized acts of exuberant consumption.
Consume less, share more!
Whilst here the words of our old friend John Beedel, from Bristol, the Desperate Men popped into our head. He believes, as do Marco and Connie that "street theatre can change the world – re-connecting people with each other, reclaiming public spaces, inviting participation and direct involvement in making things happen – the imperative democratic performative – with provocative thinking, smiles, laughter, happy tears and new ideas."
And it got us thinking what our little piece of theatre means, what message it sends out, what it achieves... We certainly have the same sentiment and want people to break out, start having crazy ideas, question the normal, set forth on adventures and break out of their little boxes....
It was a great time to recharge our creative and motivational juices!
Here another one of our favorite songs that keeps popping into our heads as we cycle past, rows and rows of little square houses with little square gardens, long lines of traffic jam, carparks full of mobile homes, towerblocks adorned with satelite dishes...
Cover of Melvina Reynolds song by Sammy Rae
― David Orr, Ecological Literacy
Here are some lovers, storytellers and peacemakers we met along our way.... and their bicycles...