Jean Giono’s 1953 short story “L’homme qui plantait des arbres” (engl. “The Man Who Planted Trees”) provides the point of reference for the collaborative performance project. It is the story of shepherd Elzeard Bouffier who, with the vision of making the land fertile and livable again, plants tens of thousands of trees in the barren and deforested hinterland of the Provence region shortly before the First World War. With the slow revegetation of the land and the reemergence of a biosphere, people start returning to the abandoned villages. The once disrupted cycle of life reawakens.
In cooperation and in artistic dialogue with young people from Floridsdorf—a group of students of the Middle School on Kinzerplatz square and a group from the academic secondary school BG & BRG 21—a performance for the public space that is inspired by the story is developed under the direction of Hanna Binder over the summer semester of 2022. In parallel to the rehearsals, the students learn—in workshops held by the Institute of Silviculture of BOKU Vienna—about botanical aspects with regard to the planting of trees. They also look after tree seedlings on the school campus during the rehearsal period. In conclusion of the project, part of the seedlings will be permanently planted in the 21st district. The project lives through the contribution and collaboration of many different actors.
outside the building at the corner of Franklinstraße 20 / Freytaggasse (In case of inclement weather the academic secondary school BG & BRG 21, Franklinstraße 21), 1210 Vienna
Irena Eden, b. 1974 in Hamburg (DE) and Stijn Lernout, b. 1972 in Antwerp (BE), live in Vienna, in cooperation with Hanna Binder, * 1985 Mediaș (RO), lives in Vienna
Direction and Dramaturgy: Hanna Binder
Choreography: Alex Bailey, Hanna Binder
Conception of the Concept and Display: Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout
Schools: academic secondary school BG & BRG 21 and Middle School Kinzerplatz
Teachers, School Coordinators: Anna Gabriel, Emina Petzer, Carolina Schwarzkopf
Project Partner: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, BOKU (Institut fur Waldbau: Ass. Prof. Dr. Raphael T. Klumpp)
WIE DAS WASSER AUF DEN BERG KOMMT Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout
spring to June 28, 2022