The Automated Sniper

Julian Hetzel (DE / NL)

English spoken
performance

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The history of human conflict is a story of ever more brutal force used over ever great distances. The strongest party has withdrawn from the battlefield altogether, to launch attacks from a control room thousands of kilometres away. What ethics can we still apply now that war and computer games can hardly be told apart, and the enemy has been reduced to a cluster of pixels on a screen? In The Automated Sniper two performers are shot at, live on stage, by delegates from the audience and from a distance from the Middle East. Their performance on the art of warfare is literally shot to pieces before the audience’s eyes, culminating in a choreography of the gamification of violence. 

concept & direction Julian Hetzel machine design Hannes Waldschütz dramaturgy Miguel Angel Melgares performers Bas van Rijnsoever, Claudio Ritfeld, Ana Wild, Akram Isam Lateef technical director Tymen Bergman artistic collaborator Joachim Robbrecht costume design Karianne Hoenderkamp light design Nico de Rooij dramaturgy assistant Luc Groen, Artun Alaska scene photography Bas de Brouwer french translation Johann Nohles thanks to Grand Theatre Groningen production Frascati Producties in collaboration with Ism & Heit co-produced by Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), Beursschouwburg Brussel (BE), Göteborg dans & teater festival (SE), Uzès danse (FR), wpZimmer Antwerpen (BE), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Brighton (UK), supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten NL.

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