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.
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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
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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