Input Theater

Input Theatre is a stage play by and with artists with migration experience dedicated to the annual theme of the ecumenical campaign by HEKS and Fastenaktion

Input Theater
Initiated by artlink on behalf of
HEKS and Fastenaktion
since 2015

Input Theatre

Input Theatre is part of a long-standing collaboration between artlink and the Swiss non-governmental organisations HEKS and Fastenaktion. artlink develops, produces and promotes Input Theatre on behalf of its partners on the occasion of their annual ecumenical campaign – a humanitarian fundraising campaign taking place in the two months before Easter.

Each ecumenical campaign focuses on a specific topic in the areas of climate justice, consumption, raw materials and trade, access to land and seeds or gender justice. The Input Theatre takes up and engages with the campaign's annual theme. The play is non-denominational and can be performed for various audiences, including church congregations in order to shed light on a particular theme or in secondary schools, raising awareness about global development issues.

Transcultural collaboration

For each Input Theatre edition artlink commissions an author who – in consultation with a performer – develops a storyline related to the annual campaign theme. artlink works primarily with performers with migration experience from Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe. artlink highlights the transcultural aesthetics of and the multiple perspectives on the campaign theme. artlink accompanies the production of the piece and shoulders its dissemination.

Small but strong

The Input Theatre is deliberately small in terms of its cast, duration and logistics. It lasts 20 minutes, is a solo performance and requires neither stage design nor sophisticated technology. Input Theatre plays operate with few props and simple costumes and can thus be performed in a variety of contexts and locations. They are suitable both as a single performance or as part of interactive formats featuring a subsequent discussion.

Impactful

The Input Theatre creates an emotional bond between the audience and the HEKS and Fastenaktion campaign theme. The solo format captivates through direct storytelling and appeals to a broad and diverse public.

Current Play

  1. Performance: Anjali Keshava and Sumitra Keshava
    Script:
    Donat Blum

    Ajala is a climate scientist and astronaut. In Ajala she talks about her time on the ISS space station, from where she observed how the southern part of the earth, where her parents were born, is drying up, while the northern part of the planet, where they live today, is shining brightly. Using Indian dance and exchanging with the audience, she discusses our relationship with the planet.

    How much space do we want to take up on it? Do we want to save the earth or find a new home in space? Using theatrical means Ajala involves the audience in a joint engagement with climate justice. The play opens up a multi-layered thinking space and invites the audience to reflect on this global issue. The play is performed by Anjali Keshava or Sumitra Keshava. The sisters belong to the Kalasri Dance Ensemble.

    Audience Comments

    "It was an impressive, touching and profound evening! This was largely owed to Sumitra Keshava's dance theatre, which moved us to deal with the issue of climate on several levels. I hope that as many people as possible get to see the inspiring and moving theatre Ajala."

    "Anjali Keshava interprets her role with precision and elegance and she involves the audience in the play quite unexpectedly."

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