Artistic Direction

Milo Rau


Critics called him „the most influential“ (DIE ZEIT), „most awarded“ (Le Soir), „most interesting“ (De Standaard) or „most ambitious“ (The Guardian) artist of our time: The Swiss director and author Milo Rau (born 1977), artistic director of the NTGent beginning in the season 2018/19.


Rau studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich under Pierre Bourdieu and Tzvetan Todorov, among others. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon, the Venice Biennale Teatro, the Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide.


Rau has received many honours, most recently the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI Prize, as youngest artist ever after Frank Castorf and Pina Bausch. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted “Acting Director of the Year” in the critics’ survey conducted by the Deutsche Bühne. In 2018 he received the European Theatre Prize, and in 2019 he was awarded the first honorary doctorate by the Theatre Department of Lunds Universitet (Sweden).


Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a very productive writer.



List of works


  • The New Gospel & The Revolt of the Dignity (Campaign, Spectacle, Film 2019)
  • The historical feeling. Ways to a global realism. Saarbrücken Poetics Lectureship for Drama (Book 2019)
  • Orestes in Mosul (Performance, 2019)
  • Ghent Altarpiece (Performance, Book 2018)
  • Global Realism (Book, 2018)
  • The Repetition. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) (Performance, 2018)
  • The Congo Tribunal (Film, Book, 2017)
  • General Assembly (Performance, Book, 2017)
  • Repetition and Ecstasy (Book, 2017)
  • Lenin (Performance, Book, 2017)
  • 120 Days of Sodom (Performance, Book, 2017)
  • Empire (Performance, Video Installation, Book, 2016)
  • Five Easy Pieces (Performance, 2016)
  • Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun (Performance, Radio Play, 2016)
  • Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany 1944 (Performance, Radio Play, 2015)
  • The Hands of Althusser (Book, 2015)
  • The Congo Tribunal (Performance, 2015)
  • The Dark Ages (Performance, Radio Play, Video Installation, Book, 2015)
  • The Civil Wars (Performance, Video Installation, Book, 2014)
  • The Berlin Dialogues (Talkshow, 2013/14)
  • What is to be done? Critique of postmodern reason (Book, 2013)
  • The Revelation of the Real (Exhibition, Book, 2013)
  • The Zurich Trials (Performance, TV Film, Book, 2013)
  • The Moscow Trials (Performance, Feature Film, Book, 2013)
  • Breivik’s Statement (Performance, 2012)
  • Hate Radio (Performance, TV Film, Book, Radio Play, 2011/14)
  • City of Change (Performance, TV Film, 2010/11)
  • The Last Days of the Ceausescus (Performance, Feature Film, Book, 2009/10)
  • Montana (Performance, 2007)
  • Pornografia (Performance, 2006)
  • The Greatest Happiness (Performance, 2006)
  • Dial “A” for Avant-garde (Performance, 2005)
  • Amnesia (Performance, 2005)
  • Demons (Performance, 2005)
  • The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Show (Performance, 2003)
  • Paranoia Express (Feature Film, 2002)
  • Art, Theatre, Reality: Kleist’s ‘Penthesilea’ as Reflected in Contemporary Aesthetic Theories (2002)