The 10 Selected Productions

Situation Rooms

By Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Rimini Apparat / Ruhrtriennale

World premiere 23 August 2013
Situation Rooms

Situation Rooms

© Jörg Baumann / Ruhrtriennale

  • 1h 20, no interval

MON 05.05.2014, 16:30
Situation Rooms (talk)
with Anke Dürr (TT jury), Maurizio Gambarini (war photographer), Abu Abdu Al Homssi (Syrian refugee) and Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Moderation Vasco Boenisch

Dokumentary box from Friday 2 May in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

How can the theatre talk about war? Not about the distant Trojan wars, but about those of today? Rimini Protokoll adopt an entirely new method: They send their audience on an intricate obstacle course, almost as complex as the interconnections of the international arms trade. The world shrinks, not virtually, but quite literally: A trade fair for security technology is only one door away from a hospital tent run by “Doctors without borders” in Sierra Leone. Spectators are steered through the labyrinth by remote control, just like pilots in modern warfare, holding a tablet computer in their hands. Like an ego shooter in a video game, they take on the narrator’s perspective. But: the perspective changes. From arms lobbyist to peace activist, from Syrian refugee to Israeli soldier, from perpetrator to victim. Again and again we encounter other people in this system, all following their own logic. “Situation rooms” renders tangible what usually stays abstract: Every war today is integrated into global economy.

Documentary box from 4 May 2014
in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

By Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Scenography Dominic Huber / blendwerk
Video Chris Kondek
Sound Design Frank Böhle
Technical Director / Light Sven Nichterlein
Research Cornelius Puschke / Malte Hildebrand
Lighting Design Hans Leser / Stefan Neumann

Abu Abdu Al Homssi (Syria)
Shahzad Akbar (Pakistan)
Jan van Aken (Germany)
Narendra Divekar (India)
Nathan Fain (World Wide Web)
Reto Hürlimann (Switzerland)
Maurizio Gambarini (Germany)
Andreas Geikowski (Germany)
Marcel Gloor (Switzerland)
Barbara Happe (Germany)
Volker Herzog (Germany)
Richard Khamis (South Sudan)
Wolfgang Ohlert (Germany)
Irina Panibratowa (Russia)
Ulrich Pfaff (Germany)
Emmanuel Thaunay (France)
Amir Yagel (Israel)
Yaoundé Mulamba Nkita (Kongo)
Family R (Libya)
Alberto X (Mexico)
and Karen Admiraal, Christopher Dell, Alexander Lurz

Co-production HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Schauspielhaus Zürich; Spielart Festival and Münchner Kammerspiele; Perth International Arts Festival; Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette Paris; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main; Onassis Cultural Center-Athens