Minefield


Lola Arias . Buenos Aires . Argentina

Documentary Time Travel into Mined Terrain

34 years ago, they were fighting on opposing fronts, and today they are coming together onstage: Argentinian and British veterans from the Falkland/Malvinas war. This group of islands in the South Atlantic has long been contested territory – Argentina has laid claim to it, as has Great Britain, which currently has sovereignty over the area. In 1982, when Argentina occupied the islands, Great Britain sent troops to its overseas territories 12,000 kilometres away. The war lasted for two months, but the conflict behind it still smoulders to this day.
While some of the soldiers involved remained in the military, others started a new life as teachers, psychologists or security personnel. What is the impact of having taken part in a war?

In a film set turned into a time machine the ones who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their war and aftermath memories. Lou Armour was on the cover of every newspaper when the Argentines took him prisoner on April 2nd and is now a special needs teacher. Rubén Otero survived the sinking of ARA General Belgrano and has now a Beatles tribute band. David Jackson spent his time at war listening and transcribing radio codes and now listens to other veterans in his psychology practice. Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot and is now a criminal attorney. Sukrim Rai was a Ghurka who knew how to use his knife and works currently as a security guard. Marcelo Vallejo was an aimer for mortar and is now a triathlon champion. The only thing they have in common is that they are veterans. But what is a veteran; a survivor, a hero, a madman? Minefield confronts different visions of war bringing together old enemies to tell one single story.

More from Lola Arias: Veterans, video installation at Staatstheater Hausbar


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Written and Directed by Lola Arias With Lou Armour . David Jackson . Gabriel Sagastume . Ruben Otero . Sukrim Rai . Marcelo Vallejo Research . Production Sofia Medici . Luz Algranti Set Mariana Tirantte Music Ulises Conti Light David Seldes Video Martin Borini Sound Roberto Pellegrino Costume Andrea Piffer Costume Assistant Federico Castellón Arrieta Assistant Erika Teichert Technical Assistant Imanol López Production Assistant Lucila Piffer UK Research Assistant Kate O’Connor A LIFT Co-Commission with Royal Court Theatre . Brighton Festival . Universidad Nacional de San Martín . Le Quai Angers . Künstlerhaus Mousonturm . Festival Theaterformen . Humain Trop Humain / CDN de Montpellier


Staatstheater Großes Haus


15.06. - 16.06.19:00 Uhr

AdmissionAdvance booking 24 Euro . Evening box office 26 Euro
ConcessionsAdvance booking 12 Euro . Evening box office 13 Euro
Introduction16.06. 18:30 . Louis-Spohr-Saal
Durationca. 2h . no interval
LanguageArgentinean Spanish and English with English and German surtitles

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Campo Minado

Campo Minado es un proyecto que reúne veteranos argentinos e ingleses de la guerra de Malvinas para explorar lo que quedó en sus cabezas treinta y cuatro años más tarde. 

En un set de filmación convertido en máquina del tiempo, los que combatieron se teletransportan al pasado para reconstruir sus recuerdos de la guerra y su vida de posguerra. Lou Armour fue tapa de todos los diarios cuando los argentinos lo tomaron prisionero el dos de abril y hoy es profesor de niños con problemas de aprendizaje. Rubén Otero sobrevivió al hundimiento del Buque General Belgrano y ahora tiene una banda de tributo a los Beatles. David Jackson pasó la guerra escuchando y transcribiendo códigos por radio y hoy escucha a otros veteranos en su consultorio de psicólogo.  Gabriel Sagastume fue un soldado que nunca quiso disparar y hoy es abogado penalista. Sukrim Rai fue un Ghurka que supo usar su cuchillo y actualmente trabaja como guardia de seguridad. Marcelo Vallejo fue apuntador de mortero y ahora es campeón de triatlón. Lo único que tienen en común todos ellos es que son veteranos. Pero ¿qué es un veterano: un sobreviviente, un héroe, un loco? El proyecto confronta distintas visiones de la guerra, juntando a viejos enemigos para contar una misma historia. 

Campo Minado indaga las marcas que deja la guerra, la relación entre experiencia y ficción, las mil formas de representación de la memoria.