A NEW PLAY BY ARDITODESIO THEATRE COMPANY > JET PROPULSION THEATRE PROJECT.
PREMIERE ON 24th NOVEMBER 2015 at FACTS FESTIVAL - UNIVERSITY OF BORDEAUX
PALE BLUE DOT
A revolution will save us. Or will it?
In collaboration with
The University of Bordeaux and with the support of IdEx Bordeaux and research centers IRSTEA and Labex COTE (University of Bordeaux - France).
The Physical Science Communication Laboratory of the physics Department of the University of Trento (Italy).
The Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento - Italy).
Look again at that dot, that's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there -- on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. - Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot”, 1994
A play by Arditodesìo Company
By and with Andrea Brunello
Directed by Christian Di Domenico
An amazing story of hope, wonder, beauty and despair. The fate of the Voyager 1 probe entwines with that of its suicidal creator, that of his dreamer son and that of the Planet Earth. As the spacecraft gets further away from the solar system, everything falls into prospective, it becomes painfully clear that our little Pale Blue Dot, the Earth, is the most precious of spaceships and it needs to be protected with no hesitation and no compromise. We, the very intelligent humans that for hundreds of thousands of years have been nomadic hunters and gatherers and only in the last few thousand years have stopped being nomads and become farmers, have profoundly changed the face of our planet. Now we are facing an environmental disaster of global dimensions, and we are the cause of it. And yet it seems that we don’t have the mental tools to fathom the danger we are in. Why are we not fixing it? Are we not “engineered” to do it? Have we not the intelligence? We have created wonders, we have sent spacecrafts towards other solar systems and yet we cannot tackle the single most destructive problem our species has ever had to face. But when it all seems lost, an amazing revolution takes place, it is profound and shared by everyone in every corner of the world. It is draconian and necessary. The fatalistic sense of inevitability is lifted from our souls and our social structure is forever changed for the better. All the problems seem to be fixed…
But did it happen really? Could it happen really? Or is it just utopia, a wishing tale that needs to be told and then sent to Voyager 1 so that it can keep a last, final relic of a civilisation that may as well have reached its end?