"War is inevitable — but there are miracles. Every day millions of people die, yet we live as if death will never touch us." - St. Vyasa, the Mahabharata
These words sit at the heart of an epic poem — a meditation on war, death, and loss. Its core question is of particular resonance: What should we fight for, and why?
Over the past three years, in an attempt to understand this exact question, Theater Mitu has gathered hours of interviews with a range of communities worldwide: current and past members of military forces; citizens who have been directly affected by war; people diagnosed with terminal illness and their families; doctors, nurses, police, spiritual leaders, scholars, teachers, mental health professionals, and artists. As they touch upon, come to the edge of, and often confront death, each interview becomes a portrait of what is left behind — a remnant.
The result is a new work — part performance, part visual art installation. Engaging Theater Mitu's interdisciplinary practice, this piece interjects interviews with found text, technology, and images. In Remnant, the stage is not a static place of representation but one of polyvocal transmission. Building on the style developed by the company in Juárez (2014), the performers challenge the idea of character and narrative and become potent transmitters of image and voice.
Composed of three simultaneous performance installations, experienced entirely on headphones, and featuring original songs and live music, Remnant invites audiences to witness and affirm how loss can scar us, shape us, and at times propel us toward change — toward understanding what we should fight for and why.