Human Shields - restaging

after the piece "Escudos Humanos"
by Patricia Portela

Twelve young people of the AlarmTheater's International Youth Ensemble go to the streets – playful, serious, quiet, loud.The street theater production "Schutzschilde" does not simply ask what is worth fighting for, it rather asks what this fight can look like. What happens, when young people decide to prevent a war by using their bodies as human protective shields?
Can that be taken seriously or does it stay the childish fantasy of the superhero whose cape grants him unimagined powers for a short duration of time before disappearing into the invisibility of his everyday life?

A multimedia street theater production is developing under the direction of Dietlind Budde and Harald Otto Schmidt. It is reminiscent of a montage of materials, from retrieved to newly created sounds, videos, and words. The moving scenery by artist Rebecca Budde de Cancino and the young actors´ infectious energy will for one evening transform Bielefeld’s Klosterplatz into a place of departure. The actors will, like playing children, again and again spontaneously decide, how their story plays out.Balancing between fun and earnestness, this production asks for the consequences of our decisions for ourselves and for the world we live in.

Further information about the production and the premiere can be found here.