Produced by: satellit produktion GbR. Coproduction: PATHOS München / Schwere Reiter. 
With the kind support of Kulturreferat der Stadt München, GLS Treuhand, Middeler Kulturstiftung, Chaverim. With travel grants of the European Cultural Foundation. This event is made possible through Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) with funds from Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst. As a guest of Tanztendenz München.

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„(...) It is more about the borders in the heads and about how to make them nimble. (...) With on the spot physicality a puzzle of lives and dreams in the middle east is created in this nevertheless cool made production. (...)“                                                                                                                               Mathias Hejny, Abendzeitung / Kultur, 14.2.2014

„(...) The path Zirner chose is very honest. (...) great awareness for the use of stylistic means and in this case, six performers who expose themselves as the adventurous yet well-behaved guys they are. (...)“                                                                                                                                                        Sabine Leucht,, 13.2.2014

„(...)‚Brothers in Arms’ is more of a generational study of young men in different countries than a poltical performance. Fortunately (...)“                      Christiane Lutz, Süddeutsche Zeitung / Kultur, 19.2.2014

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Opening night: 12th of February 2014 | 8:30 pm | Schwere Reiter / PATHOS münchen

Performances: 14th - 16th of February 2014 | 8:30 pm | Schwere Reiter / PATHOS münchen

Festivals and guest performances:

KALTSTART PRO THEATER FESTIVAL in Hamburg: 2nd of June 2014 | 07:00 pm | Haus III&70

BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL in Beijing, China: 15th and 16th of September 2014 | 7:30 pm | 9 Theatre

TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE in Tbilissi, Georgia: 21st of September 2014 | 6 pm | Marjanishvili State Drama Theater

MORE PERFORMANCES IN MUNICH | 18th - 22nd of December 2014 | 20:30 Uhr | Schwere Reiter / PATHOS münchen

GASTSPIEL KASSEL| 6th - 8th of February 2015 | 08:00 pm | Kulturhaus DOCK 4


BLACKSEA THEATER FESTIVAL  | 6th - 8th of May 2015 | 08:00 pm | Trabzon Turkey

The Team

Performers: Daniel, Laurens, Max, Simon, Sven, Gunnar

Idea / Project management: Ana Zirner

Choreography: David N. Russo

Space / Video: Ikenna Okegwo

Dramaturgy: Martina Missel

Music: Florian Hartlieb

Lights: Tom Friedl

The development of the project

Three of the performers themselves traveled to Israel and three to Iran, to conduct interviews. Ana Zirner hat established contacts there to soldiers who were born in the 80ies, and therefore belong to the same generation as the performers do. Since it is not safe to publish military experience, the names of the interviewees are not mentioned in the play. In order to avoid difficulties on a later trip to the two countries, the performers also work under pseudonyms.

Before the performers set out on their travels, they were prepared intensively. They were made familiar with the peculiarities of each country, they were trained in interview techniques and a questionnaire was set. Each met a soldier whose story he learned about during these ten days. The interviews were all recorded on mobile phones.

Immediately on their return, a two-day workshop was held in cooperation with the choreographer and dancer David N. Russo, to gather experiences. Further workshops were held until the rehearsals began in November 2013. Meanwhile, 36 hours of interviews were transcribed.                                                                                                                          

                    VIdeoblog about the development of the project

Photography: Stefan Mauermann / Ida Zenna

Media: Pfau PR, Christiane Pfau

Dramaturgic collaboration: Stefan Bläske, Michele Cuciuffo, Julia Möller

Research: Philipp Rückriem

Booking and Distribution: Silvia Bauer

Video and Trailer: Dirk Windloff

Graphics: niessnerdesign

Special Thanks for the support to: Shahrzad Osterer, Hans Tschech, Ulrich Encke, Ulrich Chaussy, Linda Löbel, August und Katalin Zirner, Jutta Vilgertshofer, Markus Layritz, Sebastian Linz, Christoph Schwarz, Anke Röder, Martin Rohmer, Dirk Meisterjahn, Heiko Baumgarten

brothers in arms

How do people – men – live in Israel and in Iran? Among sabre-rattling, the promise of disarmament and suspicion on both sides?

The theatre dance project ‚brothers in arms’, takes not only the definite political development into account but the life of young men, living in Iran and Israel and not least in Germany. How do young men, born in the 80’s, deal with the omnipresens of war? Who is part of the same generation as Ana Zirner and her performers in Iran and Israel did experience his or her childhood during wartime, is still exposed to everlasing threat and usually just did his or her military service.

What is masculinity? Which part does power and military take?

From very personal, honest and often moving conversations, which the performers have led with iranian and israeli sodiers in their respective countries they have created exemplary and individual reports which are translated to the stage within "brothers in arms" in a scenic and somatic way.