Programme

Rimini Protokoll

Situation Rooms

Theatre

German / English / 80 min.

May 2011, a photo flashes onto screens around the world. It shows 13 people in a room. The expressions on their faces speak volumes: triumph, fascination, scorn, horror, scepticism, preoccupation. The photo from the White House “Situation Room” documents the end of a manhunt that was pursued with all possible weapons.
Situation Rooms gathers together from various continents 20 people whose biographies have been shaped by weapons in a film set that recreates the globalised world of pistols and rocket-propelled grenades, of assault rifles and drones, of rulers and refugees, becoming a parcours of unexpected neighbourhoods and intersections.

With the personal narratives of the ‘inhabitants’, the images start to move and the audience follows the individual trails of the cameras they have been given. They start to inhabit the building, while following what they see and hear on their equipment. The audience does not sit opposite the piece to watch and judge it from the outside; instead, the spectators ensnare themselves in a network of incidents, slipping into the perspectives of the protagonists, whose traces are followed by other spectators.

One spectator sits at the desk of a manager for defence systems. At the same time, another follows the film of a Pakistani lawyer representing victims of American drone attacks in a cramped room with surveillance monitors. On her way there, she sees a third spectator who follows his film into the shooting range of a Berlin gun club, listening Germany's parcours shooting champion. Around the corner stands another spectator in the role of a doctor carrying out amputations in Sierra Leone, while in the room next door a press photographer sorts pictures of German army missions in Afghanistan, only to stand in the shooting range himself a little later to do exactly what he was able to observe in passing just a while ago, thereby becoming a subject for observation himself.

The audience gradually becomes entangled in the film set’s spatial and material labyrinth; each individual becoming part of the re-enactment of a complicatedly elaborated multi-perspective “shooting”.

Situation Rooms is a multiple simultaneous cinema; augmented reality as three-dimensional as only theatre can be!

Invited to Theatertreffen Berlin 2014.

Cast

With: Abu Abdu Al Homssi (Syria), Alberto (Mexico), Shahzad Akbar (Pakistan), Jan van Aken (Germany), Narendra Divekar (India), Nathan Fain (USA), 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), Familie R (Lybia). And: Christoper Dell, Alexander Lurz, Karen Admiraal / By: Stefan Kaegi, Helgard Haug, Rimini Protokoll, Daniel Wetzel / Scenography: Dominic Huber / blendwerk / Video: Chris Kondek / Sound: Frank Böhle / Technical Direction and Light: Sven Nichterlein / Research: Malte Hildebrand, Cornelius Puschke / Director assistance: Ann-Kathrin Büdenbender, Malte Hildebrand / Scenography assistance: Claudia Bartel, Ute Freitag, Sophie Reinhard, Leonie Süess / Production management: Heidrun Schlegel / Video assistance: Philipp Hochleichter / Management workshops: Steffen Fuchs / Light: Hans Leser, Stefan Neumann / Electronic effects: Georg Werner / Production management assistance: Caroline Lippert, Christin Prätor / Translation: Amina Orth, Günter Orth, Djengizkhan Hasso, Riad Ben Ammar, Othman Saeed, Nahal Saeed, KITA Berlin

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Credits

Production: Rimini Apparat and Ruhrtriennale.

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Schauspielhaus Zürich, SPIELART festival & Münchner Kammerspiele, Perth International Arts Festival, Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette Paris, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt  am Main, Onassis Cultural Center-Athens. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.

The re-run is supported by The Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs.

Location

HAU2
Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. (in Großbeerenstraße). Wheelchair ramp and lift available. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Advance notification advised via service@hebbel-am-ufer.de.

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