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Friday June 16, 2017 in Books

Forward
The Second Play in the Arctic Cycle

By Chantal Bilodeau

Coming September 2017

Forward was partly inspired by a ten-day sailing expedition around the Svalbard Archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Spanning a hundred years and thousands of kilometres from the sixtieth parallel north to the top of the world, Forward presents a poetic history of energy development in Norway, from the initial passion that drove explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole to the consequences of decades of our addiction to fossil fuels. Using a blend of theatre and electropop music, the play progresses backwards from 2013 to 1893 and zeroes in on close to forty characters whose day-to-day lives illustrate how the choices we make often have unintended consequences. Woven through this history is the passionate love affair between Nansen and sea ice, embodied as a character in the play. Expressing herself only through song, Ice, who has waited for millennia for the arrival of her lover, is bracing to meet her destiny. A relay race through time, where each generation passes the baton to the next, Forward takes a compassionate look at the legacies we leave behind and what we are willing to do for love.

Ultimately, Forward is about climate change. It’s a story about how an Arctic explorer unwittingly opened up the Arctic for development. A story about people having good intentions that led to unintended consequences. A story about who we are in all our glorious imperfection. But Forward is also a story of hope. It is an invitation to collectively grieve for what we have lost, for what we continue to lose every day, so that we can forgive ourselves. It is a reminder that if we come together as a community, we will find a solution.

Forward is the second play of the Arctic Cycle, a series of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic circle. The play takes its title from Nansen’s ship Fram, which means “forward” in Norwegian.

With a foreword by Una Chaudhuri, a professor at New York University who studies the geography of drama, and an introduction by Tael Naess, a Norwegian writer and playwright.

ISBN 13: 9781772011838 | ISBN 10:
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 96 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Rights: World
Drama | Frontlist

About the Contributors

Chantal Bilodeau

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York–based playwright and translator originally from Montreal. Her play Sila won first prize in the 2012 Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the 2011 Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


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