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Breaking is based on messages posted on the Internet by people who are confronted to life-changing events. By following these witnesses in real time, Breaking creates a network of narratives concerning the world as it is today, thereby offering a new, personal perspective on “the news”.

During the performance, the spectators are gathered in an immersive environment, which is populated by the words, the sounds and the images that are uploaded to the web by those we are following. All these stories are related to events which are still unfolding as the performance is underway, such as a natural catastrophy (eruption of Mount Redoubt, Alaska, in March 2009 ; earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, January-April 2010), a political conflict (elections in Iran, June-July 2009), or any other phenomenon. Future projects include crime stories, social uprisings and other types of situations.

The personal narratives featured in Breaking reconnect us with one of the most archaic functions of theater : to inform us about the world as it is today. This is made possible by the new forms of textualities available on the Internet.

At a time when mainstream media news is undergoing an unprecedented crisis, Breaking's ambition is to offer a new outlook on current events through subjective testimonies, providing a unique setting in which the spectator can navigate freely. The points of view are multiple, contradictory, and paradoxical.

Author and director: Eli Commins
Artist: Stéfane Perraud
Funding for Breaking provided by DICRéAM CNC and by La Chartreuse / CNES.


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