Slaughterhouse Five is often described as an anti-war book, but it is everything mixed together: existential, hilarious, suspenseful, science fiction and philosophical. To reflect the absurdity of it, we brought key elements of the story to live.
The performance is based on a 1969 book by Kurt Vonnegut. Billy Pilgrim, the main character, is independent of time. He goes to sleep as a very old widower and wakes up on the day of his wedding. He steps in a door in 1955 and comes out again in 1941. He has seen his own birth and death many times, he says, and regularly visits all events in between. Only in this way, completely detached from reality, does Billy manage to process the horrors of Dresden.
So it is quite an absurd story, with aliens and a lot of (black) humor. For the online campaign, we wanted to pull the campaign image far from reality and make it more in line with the weirdness, playfulness and humor of the piece.