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  • Peter Lorenz
  • March 23rd 2024
  • TATWERK | Berlin

In the game of televised warfare, who is allowed to say ‘we’ anymore? The global media-war-machinery is dismantled as the Iraq-war collapses into the personal memories of a child refugee during the Bosnian war.

Female performer in black dungarees amongst plastic soldiers, empty food tins and garbage bags. © Dani Dominguez

In the game of televised warfare, it is unclear who is allowed to say ‘we’ anymore. One toy land is turned into another toy land. Everything you see is true but none of it is real. 

Director Peter Lorenz and performer Jelena Bašić dismantle the global media-war-machinery in the text of Nobel-prize winner Elfriede Jelinek (translated by Lillian M. Banks) as accounts of the Iraq war collapse into personal memories of a child refugee during the Bosnian war. In piles of human detritus, memories and plastic toys, the distinction between appearances and reality is difficult which makes Jelinek's acute war criticism frighteningly up-to-date. With the help of live video, the performer reclaims her agency in the global cycles of destruction and reconstruction.

The frontline in the war of words between ‘us’ and ‘them’ starts to blur as accounts of Middle Eastern deserts and the siege of Sarajevo bleed into each other. The violent act of representation is played back to us on video and we find ourselves in the middle of this toy battle.

It all comes back round, especially the wars.

Performance rights with Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Hamburg.

Video »Bambiland«
Trailer »Bambiland«


March 23rd 2024 | 8 pm

Preview followed by an artist talk.
Entrance free. Donations are welcome.
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Aug. 2nd-4th, 6th-11th, 13th-18th, 20th-25th 2024 | 9:30 pm
Zoo Southside Studio, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2024
Info & tickets here.


Text: Elfriede Jelinek
Translation: Lillian M. Banks
Direction & Design: Peter Lorenz
Performance: Jelena Bašic
Dramaturgy: Irina Glinski


Peter Lorenz is a transdisciplinary theatre director and performance maker. His works move between contemporary theatre, sound performances, experimental opera and spatial installations. They have been shown in Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Great Britain, Canada and Bosnia & Herzegovina, where he co-founded the Street Arts Festival Mostar in 2012. The world premiere of STILLHANG received the Austrian Music Theatre Award and was revived at Theater Brandenburg. His most recent works are the experimental sound theatre HOW DEEP IS THE SEA, the interactive performance machine in a pizza box UNSICHTBARE STÄDTE, the participatory musical MORAG, YOU'RE A LONG TIME DEID and the world premiere of Gerhild Steinbuch's GUTE GESTÄNDNISSE BESSERER MENSCHEN. He received the Austrian Dramatists' Scholarship, was a scholarship holder of the Retzhofer Dramapreis writer’s workshop and a fellow at the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund