Argentina, United Kingdom
WRITER, DIRECTOR: Lola Arias
WITH Lou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, and Marcelo Vallejo
RESEARCH & PRODUCTION: Sofia Medici, Luz Algranti
SET: Mariana Tirantte
MUSIC: Ulises Conti
LIGHT: David Seldes
VIDEO: Martin Borini
SOUND ENGINEERS: Roberto Pellegrino, Ernesto Fara
COSTUMES: Andy Piffer
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Lucila Piffer, Melisa Santoro
UK RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Kate O’Connor
DURATION: 100 min.
PREMIERE: 2016, LIFT Festival
LANGUAGE: English and Spanish with Lithuanian surtitles
RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
DATE: 6, 7 October 2019, 19:00
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)
“Minefield” is a project that reunites Argentine and British veterans from the Falklands/Malvinas war to explore what is left of it in their heads 37 years later.
In a film set turned into a time machine the ones who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their war and aftermath memories. Lou Armour was on the cover of every newspaper when the Argentines took him prisoner on April 2nd and is now a special needs teacher. Rubén Otero survived the sinking of ARA General Belgrano and has now a Beatles tribute band. David Jackson spent his time at war listening and transcribing radio codes and now listens to other veterans in his psychology practice. Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot and is now a criminal attorney. Sukrim Rai was a Ghurka who knew how to use his knife and works currently as a security guard. Marcelo Vallejo was an aimer for mortar and is now a triathlon champion. The only thing they have in common is that they are veterans. But what is a veteran; a survivor, a hero, a madman? The project confronts different visions of war bringing together old enemies to tell one single story.
Minefield looks into the marks left by war, the relationship between experience and fiction and the thousand ways of representing memory.
Human memory is subjective and easily manipulated, so can we recreate it when looking for connections with our own selves of the past? We can do it by watching ourselves from a distance, in our youth, healthy and without scars, fighting for some political reason that an ideology has thrown at us, serving our country, family, and friends on the battlefield.
We see people who are asked to be themselves on stage, without representing a military unit or country, talking about the things that are important for them right now and remembering their scars, experiences, miracles of survival.
When you start to remember, you never know what you will find. Sometimes something explodes that you didn’t even know was there.
Lola Arias is a writer, theatre director, and performer. Within the fields of literature, music, cinema, theatre, and visual arts, she works with different communities: war veterans, former communists, children, prostitutes, street musicians, etc. Her creations focus on the dialogue between reality (documentary) and fiction.
Lola Arias treats individual lives as historic documents that can tell us so much, often more than any history book.
She has been working with documentary theatre since 2007, delving deeper into the political and social context through her famous theatre plays and the personal stories in them. Six authentic biographies are the base for the play My life after (2009), where actors recreate the youth days of their parents during the dictatorship period of Argentina; That Enemy Within (2010) is a play on identity, created in collaboration with identical twins; The Year I Was Born (2012) is based on biographical stories of the people who were born during the Pinochet period; Melancholy And Manifestations (2012) is a very personal work about her mother’s depression (the piece was presented in a staged reading at Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in 2018, during the “Versmė“ festival of contemporary dramaturgy).
The artist is also involved in movies and installations. Together with Stefan Kaegi from the German theatre collective Rimini Protokoll, she has initiated and took part in several projects of urban interventions. Lola Arias creates and plays music with Ulises Conti; she has also published a few poetry and prose books, written plays. Her works have been shown across the world stages and festivals of Europe and South America.