Performers: Max | Laurens | Gunnar |  Sven | Simon | Daniel

Choreography: David Russo

Video and Space: Ikenna Okegwo

Assistant director - and Production manager: Fina Vilgertshofer

Dramaturgy: Martina Missel

Lights: Tom Friedl

Music: Florian Hartlieb

In the theatre project „brothers in arms“ we use our privilege to relate individuals from two countries, who can not create this relation personally at the moment: Iran and Israel. We turn ourselves into satellites who receive in each country and who then, back in Germany, broadcast what they have heard.

What needs to happen for young people, who could have gotten along well, if they’d ever met each other, to shoot one another? What makes a human prize the execution of an order above the native empathy?

We, here in Germany, have no clue what it is like to live with the impending danger of a war that would affect our lives thoroughly. We want to meet people who have the task and profession of fighting in case of war. We will speak with young Iranian and Israeli soldiers/military servicemen and then use our methods of performance, choreography and language to translate their stories for the stage.

Three German actors travel each to Iran and Israel respectively. There they talk to their contemporaries about positive and negative experiences in the military, about their relation with the state and their sense of responsibility within the community. It will be about perceptions of the respective “enemy”, and about how this perception is built. And last but not least it will be about the question of: “What is there is a war between Iran and Israel?”

Back in Germany we transfer this material to theatre. It is thereby important, that the opinions that are stated on our stage are always either literal excerpts of the soldiers testimonies, or personal views of the actors themselves. Through text/language and choreography/movement we want to launch a process that provides our audience with visual thought provoking material.

The further development of the conflict between Iran and Israel will thoroughly influence the development of this project. Herein lies the challenge – to make truly up-to the-minute theater.

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brothers in arms

devised from conversations with soldiers in Iran and Israel


in co-production with PATHOS münchen

satellit produktion | 2014