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Location: Laban lawn
Date: June 11 – 12, 0800 to 2000
Audience Interaction Times: 1100, 1500, 1900 daily
(in person or online at vimeo)
In Trench is an investigation of one of the foundational training, functional, disciplinary, and punitive aspects of military forces – digging. Military forces utilize digging to test and increase physical fitness, establish or reinforce protective and fighting positions, to improve discipline, and to punish nonconformists and troublemakers.
Within a framework of 2 x 12 hour shifts Roman Baca, a former US Marine Iraq War Veteran, will utilize the physical task of digging to unearth memories, connect to past embodied experiences, contemplate military ethics, and investigate moral imagining. A soundscape of effort will be created in real time and projected throughout the Laban lawn and possibly the Laban café, in order to pique interest and engage audience members.
Several time slots will be designated wherein audience members can interact with Roman either through direct dialogue, or through engagement facilitated through playing cards developed by the Center for Military Ethics within King’s College of London War Studies Department at the UK Defense College.
Audience members can also access the performance through live-stream.