Eco-theater strives to create science-based work in the context of our new climate reality toward a collective goal of environmental justice. The piece "End to Begin", shaped with insights from IIASA, provides a place to bid farewell to the old and welcome the future's significance. The pre-premiere will take place as part of the Beyond Growth Conference in Vienna.

End to Begin © Source: Gloria Benedikt

The eco-theater piece "End to Begin" was created by IIASA alumna Gloria Benedikt, with support from the Filmschool Vienna. IIASA researcher Adriano Vinca provided scientific input.

In this era, we face farewells to entire species, seasons, places, and cherished experiences. Yet, a Yale study shows roughly two-thirds of the US population seldom discusses the climate crisis. “We don’t have exact data on other parts of the world yet, but this insight made me realize that we lack a structured way to process this profound loss and inspired me to think about what it would take to create a mechanism to meet this need,” notes Benedikt.

She has created a captivating performative piece of art, where artists invite the audience to collectively recognize what's gone, ponder fears and hopes, and find tangible hope and a positive vision for the future.

The pre-premiere will take place as part of the Beyond Growth Conference at Billrothhaus (next to Votivkirche). Register here to attend the pre-premiere (in German) of "End to Begin". 

If you're unable to attend the pre-premiere but still want to peek behind the scenes and lend your support to the actors (as they can only rehearse with an audience due to the highly interactive nature of this production), the creative team is holding try-outs with a test audience on Tuesday, 7 May at 18:30 and Wednesday, 8 May at 20:15 at the Filmschool Vienna.

End to Begin © Source: Gloria Benedikt

Upcoming Events

Econ4um (Economics Forum)


9th African Population Conference

Florence, Italy

The State of the Union 2024

Vienna, Lower Austria, Carinthia

IIASA at Austria's Long Night of Research 2024

Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels

EuropaBON final stakeholder conference

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

IIASA-OeAW public lecture: Starless through the night

Laxenburg, Austria (IIASA) and Online

MESSAGEix Community Meeting 2024

Helsinki and Espoo, Finland

IIASA at Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2024

Edinburgh, Scotland

European Population Conference 2024

Laxenburg, Austria

Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2024