Direct Action Theatre:
Serve and Protect

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“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it,
no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg,
I will stand on the side of the egg.”

Haruki Murakami

Direct Action Theatre: Serve and Protect is new up and coming project initiated by Jan Hajdelak Husták in collaboration with T.I.T.S..

During 2021 and 2022, they aim to work with riot police uniforms as the main visual and symbolic material while recontextualizing and investigating the image of police as an entity and questioning its authority and status quo. As the «Direct Action Theatre» title suggests, we will explore the relationship between protest and performance, bringing elements of protest on stage and bringing the performative and scenic approach back to the public space. Performance as a protest - Protest as a performance. We will create and document an audiovisual physical performance, an exhibition, and multiple interventions in various public contexts both in Norway and internationally.

Below you can see photos from the research pilot project coproduced by Østfold International Theatre and supported by Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet).


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