People are so smart and creative! We have
- Samantha Nutt, her terrific TED Talk on the Arms Dealers.
- And now this – – “Situation Rooms”, have a listen:
It’s being called “the future of theatre” for its seamless mixing of theatre, video, installation and participation.
In Situation Rooms, you become the characters as you move through a series of recreated spaces, using an iPad and headphones to see and hear what they see. What makes the experience even more impactful is that the stories aren’t based off a script, each character is a real person whose life was changed by the global arms trade.
“Seven minutes after … you might be a German member of parliament who is from a political party that wants to forbid any kind of weapon export, seven minutes later you might turn into a manager of a weapon manufacturer … and seven minutes later you might be a Doctors Without Borders who is in Sierra Leone mending pieces of bodies together that have been transformed by these weapons.”
Stefan Kaegi, director and co-creator of Situation Rooms, says finding people for the project was a difficult and, at times, dangerous endeavour — for example, one of their subjects is part of a Mexican drug cartel. However, during the process of filming, Kaegi witnessed these people from different and clashing walks of life put aside their pasts and “zoom out from normal reality.”
WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Situation Rooms, which opens at Toronto’s Luminato Festival on Friday, June 10.