Divided Together sets out to put the viewer in between two worlds within the same country: the cities of Dnipro and Donetsk in Ukraine - so close and alike and yet separated by a front line and perceived political and cultural differences that have resulted in a war that is already in its 5th year.
Conceived in partnership with Theaterlabor (Germany), this multi-phase interdisciplinary project incorporates 360 video installation, unifying 180° views from the two cities into a single virtual space, as well as a collaborative performance by actors from both sides, based on their own personal stories.
So far we have conducted a two-week workshop for the Ukrainian actors in Dnipro in June 2017, followed by a public performance on location; shot 360 video in both Dnipro and Donetsk, and integrated the material into a work-in-progress presentation in Bielefeld, Germany in November 2017. Last year we worked with the Donetsk actors to shape their stories into performative acts, which were then used to create a performance on the Dnipro side in response, with a consequent presentation in June 2018.
In 2019, a spinoff performance involving several outdoor locations with projections, lights and sound as well as Ukrainian and German performers was premiered at Xchanges festival at Kampnagel in Hamburg. Since both groups are still unable to cross the conflict border to perform together, their parts of the final performance will be filmed separately, and the resulting material joined together into a single piece through another 360 video space.