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Situation Rooms by Rimini Protokoll

20 lives shaped by the arms trade. See their world through your eyes.

June 10 – 26, 2016

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Participants must arrive 15 minutes before the experience.


You must be able to climb stairs and lay down on the floor as the experience is not wheelchair accessible and may be challenging for patrons with restricted mobility.


No latecomers, exchanges or refunds.


Available in English or French.

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Goethe Institut

FREE lecture demonstration with Stefan Kaegi
Saturday, June 11 at 2 PM
Estimated Run Time:
1 hour 15 minutes // No intermission
1 hour 15 minutes // No intermission


Equipped with an iPad mini and headphones, an audience of 20 follows a range of real-life characters: an Israeli soldier, a Swiss weapons manufacturer, a Pakistani lawyer or a Mexican drug cartel administrator, with the help of a screen used to augment reality.

I have seen the future of theatre and its name is ‘Situation Rooms’

— The Australian

Situation Rooms is an award-winning multi-player video installation inspired by real photos of the American government upon learning that their mission to kill Osama Bin Laden had been successful. Slipping into the perspectives of the protagonists, the audience becomes entangled in a film set that recreates the globalized world of pistols and rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and drones, and rules and refugees – a part of the re-enactment of a complicatedly elaborate, multi-perspective “shooting” in an immersive environment with more than 4,000 props.

A production of Rimini Apparat and Ruhrtriennale, in coproduction with Schauspielhaus Zürich, SPIELART festival & Münchner Kammerspiele, Perth International Arts Festival, Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette Paris, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mouson


“★★★★/5 Remarkable experience ... utterly absorbing ... innovative and exciting work that asks questions of the way theatre is both presented and consumed.”
– The Guardian
“It’s theatre with the audience as actors; journalism with the consumer interacting directly with the story; a video game where the screen bleeds into real and constructed worlds”
– The Guardian

Creative Team

Germany’s Rimini Protokoll use theatre and technology to create unusual perspectives on our reality. Led by writer/directors Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel, the group work around the world and are currently touring eight different performance pieces. Their piece Best Before was presented by Luminato in 2010 at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Situation Rooms has been presented around the world and makes its North American premiere at Luminato.

Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel

Dig Deeper

A Note about Situation Rooms from Rimini Protokoll


Rimini Protokoll’s Making of Top Secret International
for professional performance-makers

How to research and cast documentary plays, and how to involve the audience in such projects. Stefan Kaegi will share his insights into the making of recent Rimini Protokoll projects, and brainstorm and develop some experiments around upcoming projects including Top Secret International, which deals with the production and trade of information in a globalized world. Rimini Protokoll is gathering life stories of spies, secret carriers, politicians, journalists and activists from over 30 countries.  What strategies do they have? Which allies and enemies will they make? 


Goethe Institute, 100 University Avenue


Saturday, June 11
2–3:30 PM: Public talk (*compulsory)
4–7 PM: Workshop session

Sunday, June 12
12–4 PM: Workshop session

How to Register:

$80 fee (registration required / 20 participants maximum)
To register for the workshops send an email with your resume and a brief paragraph about your interest to workshops@luminato.com.

Talk and workshop presented by Luminato and the Goethe-Institut, as part of Culture talks @ Goethe
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