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Climate change – a daily debate between scientists and sceptics, reported so regularly in the press that our attention spans inevitably wane – is, as Al Gore once coined it, ‘an inconvenient truth’, and one of the greatest existential threats of our time. We know that global warming is the result of human activities, that collective action is needed now, yet the magnitude of the problem, and our perceived insignificance as individuals, all too frequently leads to a hopeless inaction, an ‘all care but no responsibility’ resignation on our behalves.

In The O Zone Clark Beaumont explore the various relationships between climate change and sex – using the seductive taboo of the latter to draw attention to the devastating reality of the former, and allowing each subject to disarm the other, as well as to open up complex issues and competing perspectives surrounding both. Through a script comprised of both found and original text – including facts, estimations, intimate thoughts & personal anecdotes – and movement designed by experimental choreographer Mirjam Sögner – The O Zone shocks us into sense, drawing attention to our relationships with one another and the environment, and encouraging realisation of how our individual desires and actions have potential collective, and lasting, affects.

Image: Clark Beaumont, Missing One Another, 2016 (still), live performance. Commissioned & performed for The Brisbane Festival (2016). Courtesy the artists

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