Loving Things is a quirky and slow-burning theatre performance presented as an album of videos. Unfolding through a sensory exploration of objects, this largely textless performance contributes to urgent discussions of ecology and sustainability through an often-neglected angle: that of the inanimate object.
Loving Things questions the human-centric approach we take toward "inanimate" things. On stage, the performer interacts with objects such as fruit, plastic bags, and balloons. Playfulness meets a sense of the sacred as audience members are led to focus on objects taken out of human contexts and functions, as things with their own "lives".
Loving Things is ultimately loving, welcoming, and hopeful. It sees the darkness of things right now, but believes in our ability to empathize and extend care toward nonhuman and inanimate things. If we set aside our sense of superiority as human beings, we will see how precious and powerful objects are, too.
The research and theoretical foundation of Loving Things may sound complicated, even intimidating. But the show aims to create access by translating theories surrounding environmentalism, new materialism, and Object-Oriented Ontology into an accessible experience. It seeks to bring experimental performance to mass audiences through entrancing experiments on stage.
Loving Things proposes a new vision of the world, where we co-exist with objects in more thoughtful and loving ways.