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Milo Rau - La reprise. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)

Length / Year:100', 2018
Concept and direction:Milo Rau
Text:Milo Rau
Performers:Sara De Bosschere, Suzy Cocco, Sébastien Foucault, Fabian Leenders, Sabri Saad El hamus, Adil Laboudi
Research and dramaturgy:Eva-Maria Bertschy
Dramaturgic collaboration:Stefan Bläske, Carmen Hornbostel
Set design and costume design:Anton Lukas
Video:Maxime Jenners, Dimitri Petrovic
Lighting design:Jurgen Kolb
Sound Design and technical direction:Jens Baudisch
Camera:Maxime Jennes, Moritz von Dungern
Assistant director:Carmen Hornbostel
Assistant dramaturg:François Pacco
Assistant set designer:Patty Eggerickx
Fight choreography:Cédric Cerbara
Vocal coaching:Murielle Legrand
Music:Gil Mortio
Production:International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Supported by:Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen
Co-production:Kunstenfestivaldesarts, NTGent, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras Douai, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin, Théâtre de Liège, Münchner Kammerspiele, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt a. M., Theater Chur, Gessnerallee Zürich, Romaeuropa Festival
With the support of:ESACT Liège
Production management:Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann
Technical staff on tour:Jim Goossens-Bara, Maxime Jennes, Moritz Von Dungern
Public relations:Yven Augustin
Workshops and studios:Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Background actors:Mustapha Aboulkhir, Stefan Bläske, Tom De Brabandere, Elise Deschambre, Thierry Duirat, Stéphane Gornikowsk, Kevin Lerat, François Pacco, Daniel Roche De Oliveira, Laura Sterckx, Adrien Varsalona,
Note:Contains scenes of violence and nudity. Recommended for ages 16 and above


The piece is about the question of the representability of violence and traumatic events on stage. One night in April of 2012, Ihsane Jarfi is talking to a group of young men in a grey Volkswagen Polo in front of a gay club on a street corner in Liège. Two weeks later he is found dead at the edge of a wood. He had been violently murdered after being tortured for hours. The crime upsets and unsettles the entire city. Milo Rau is reconstructing the case – working with professional and non-professional actors – for the stage. From the very beginning, theatre has been an incantation of the dead, a ritualized experience of original sins and collective traumas. In La Reprise, the first part of a series curated by Milo Rau titled Histoire(s) du théâtre, the director and author approaches tragedy in the form of a multi-perspective narrative of a criminal case in five acts. What is at the beginning of a crime? Intention or coincidence? What part does the audience play? How much is the society to blame? And who is on stage?
Milo Rau and his four actors Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen and Tom Adjibi, as well as the storeman Fabian Leenders and the dog sitter Suzy Cocco set out to discover a capital crime, in search of the essential emotions of tragic experiences: loss and grief, truth and falsehood, disaster and fear, cruelty and terror. Six professional and non-professional actors ponder the glamour and depths of life and theatre and slip into the roles of the protagonists involved in a brutal murder case: a manifesto for a democratic theatre of the real emerges.

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