XR Rebellion Against Big Oil Continues | Extinction Rebellion

Published on Jul 13, 2019
The Rebellion Against Big Oil Continues – Tuesday 2nd of July – Carmen Royal Opera House Action Taking visual and musical cues from Bizet’s Carmen, members of Extinction Rebellion Arts and Culture visited members of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a coalition of major oil and gas companies created to promote a climate-friendly image for some of the world’s largest polluters, declared a crime scene at their offices and called on company directors and employees to “do the right thing by your loved ones and the rest of all humanity…cease exploration, act now and join Extinction Rebellion”. Each company was left with their very own copy of the Extinction Rebellion Handbook, ‘This is Not a Drill’. While the procession itself was silent, the ceremony at each stop was conducted with full noise and visuals. Musicians played a reworked Carmen’s Habanera sung by Simone Ibbett-Brown, an opera singer of East Anglian/Jamaican descent who has previously performed with English National Opera and at the Royal Opera House in a workshop of Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer. The action disrupted the arrival of the paying audience to the evening’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen, which is due to be screened nationwide via the BP-sponsored Big Screens event.

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