Atlas’ Burden: Ben MacFadyen at TEDxWhitechapel

Video description by TEDx Talks:

Published on Feb 13, 2013

In this moving performance, Ben MacFadyen recreates the mythical story of Atlas, who carries the burden of caring for the world his mother Gaia has created and that humans are carelessly destroying. “Listen… the long forgotten song of the land is calling. Its melody will be the wind in our sails towards a new horizon.”

Ben is a performance artist, storyteller, activist, community choir teacher and gardener. His passion for creatively reconnecting people to the natural environment has lead him towards facilitating political theatre as a vehicle for liberation, community singing as a tool for collective effervescence, and ritual rites of passage as transitioning to a new story of the world. He has set up environmental groups, worked extensively with Feral Theatre Company who create funeral for lost species performances http://www.feraltheatre.co.uk, supported the Catalyst course — an inspiring 5 day residential leadership training http://www.catalystcourse.co.uk, and co-created ‘Cultivate’ — a Brighton-based organisation engaging children with environmental issueshttp://www.cultivatebrighton.org.

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