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  The decision has been made: Milo Rau is henceforth to be in charge of the Wiener Festwochen in his capacity as Artistic Director. He will take over the artistic direction of the Festival in July 2023, with a contract due to run for a term of five years.   (Wien, 27.01.2023) ‘I am very […]


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Milo Rau Appointed New Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen

 

The decision has been made: Milo Rau is henceforth to be in charge of the Wiener Festwochen in his capacity as Artistic Director. He will take over the artistic direction of the Festival in July 2023, with a contract due to run for a term of five years.

 

(Wien, 27.01.2023) ‘I am very pleased that Milo Rau, one of Europe’s leading directors, will be shaping Vienna’s premier festival over the next few years. When it comes to theatre, Milo Rau is someone who knows how to inspire people,’ says Vienna’s City Councillor for Culture. ‘As a politically-minded artist, Milo Rau operates in various fields, from theatre to opera and film, and has excellent international connections. As a result, we now once again have a brilliant artistic personality at the helm of the Wiener Festwochen. Milo Rau was also a convincing choice since, in addition to his own exciting work, he possesses a keen sensitivity for the vast variety of international theatre languages and narrative forms. As a festival, the Wiener Festwochen are all about diversity, and I am certain that Milo Rau with his energy will generate the necessary appeal.’

 

‘I don’t know of any other city that is as ardent about theatre as Vienna is, and so I am incredibly excited about my new role,’ responded Milo Rau. ‘I can’t wait to continue the great tradition of the Wiener Festwochen and to create a mythical, powerful and controversial theatre festival. The Festwochen are to be a festival that involves everyone and is for everyone: a world theatre of many voices, formally diverse, passionate and unflinching. A festival for Vienna and for the world.’

 

Rudolf Scholten, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Wiener Festwochen: ‘Congratulations to Milo Rau! I am looking forward to his artistic direction and his programme with great anticipation. His ambition to engage with Vienna and to showcase a programme that reflects Vienna’s keen desire for theatre while stimulating social discourse whets the appetite. I believe that, under his direction, the Festwochen will not only draw audiences into the theatre but also into debates. Thus, the Festival will no doubt fully fulfil its role as a crucial aspect of the city’s artistic representation.’

 

About the selection process

 

Interest in the Wiener Festwochen has been and remains tremendous: following an international invitation, 36 applications were received and considered by the Appointment Committee. The Committee consisted of Karin Bergmann (former director of the Burgtheater, now at the Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden), Arne Forke (theatre consultant, office of the city councillor), Rudolf Scholten (chairman of the supervisory board of the Wiener Festwochen), Susanne Moser (artistic director and managing director of the Komische Oper Berlin), Matthias Pees (artistic director of the Berliner Festspiele) and Robert Dressler (head of the Performing Arts Department, Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna). Six applicants (all of them international, five male, one female) were subsequently invited to the interview stage, with four individual applications and one application as a team of two. The Appointment Committee assessed the excellent candidates and, after good discussions, proposed two candidates to Veronica Kaup-Hasler, in no particular order. The City Councillor for Culture then made the decision in favour of Milo Rau.

 

Milo Rau was born in Bern in 1977 and studied sociology, Romance languages and literature and German in Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Since 2002 he has produced over 50 plays, films, books and artistic initiatives. His productions have been shown at all major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon, the Venice Theatre Biennale, the Wiener Festwochen and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and have toured more than 30 countries around the globe. Milo Rau, who has been awarded the European Theatre Prize, among others, has been Artistic Director of NTGent since 2018.

 

Christophe Slagmuylder remains in charge as Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen until 2023, with Milo Rau set to take charge of the 2024 festival edition.

 

About the Wiener Festwochen: The Wiener Festwochen are one of Europe’s most important interdisciplinary arts and culture festivals. Within Vienna’s cultural offering, the Festival has been presenting the hitherto unseen and unheard since 1951, combining theatre, dance, music, performance, the fine arts, and new art forms. The Festival commissions, initiates and accompanies artistic visions that are engaged with this time, in this world. With its premieres, in-house and co-productions it promotes Vienna’s reputation within the international cultural landscape in its capacity as Austria’s cultural ambassador.


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YOUNG GODS ON TOUR   “Milo Rau’s most simple, most intimate and best performance of recent years,” wrote De Morgen after the Ghent premiere of The Interrogation. After previews in Amsterdam, Paris and Zagreb, the shows at NTGent mark the start of an extensive tour through Flanders and Europe of the play, performed “superbly” by […]


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YOUNG GODS – tours, revivals, Paris retrospective and new books

YOUNG GODS ON TOUR

 

“Milo Rau’s most simple, most intimate and best performance of recent years,” wrote De Morgen after the Ghent premiere of The Interrogation. After previews in Amsterdam, Paris and Zagreb, the shows at NTGent mark the start of an extensive tour through Flanders and Europe of the play, performed “superbly” by Arne De Tremerie.

 

“There is a whole generation of young gods in Ghent acting at world level”, Rau said to the Belgium television. Today Thursday premieres a new show by one of these very real “goddesses” of NTGent’s global ensemble: Princess Isatu Hassan Bangura’s Great Apes of the West Coast, a biographical tale full of beauty and wisdom.

 

On 19 January, Princess Isatu Hassan Bangura and Arne De Tremerie can be experienced together: The month-long focus on Milo Rau’s work at the National Theatre La Colline, Paris, starts with a “moment of death, live on stage”: Grief & Beauty, “one of the most anticipated plays of 2023″, according to Le Figaro. The focus continues with the “cruel and heartbreaking” play Family.

 

Last but not least: A brand new version of IIPM’s classic Hate Radio (pictured above) starts its tour through Switzerland, France and England already tomorrow Friday. One of the “must see shows to see across the UK 2023” according to The Stage. Get one of the last tickets now!

 

Professionals

 

WHY ART? NEW BOOKS

 

“Order must be disturbed, again and again. Our institutions, our museums, our theatres, our parliaments and our schools must be reformed,” said Milo Rau at his third Poetics Lecture on the eve of the launch of the Let Shepenesis return home campaign and the opening of the retrospective Why art?

 

In 2023, two overview volumes will be published that summarise Milo Rau’s theatre practice and art theory: the interview and essay volume Was Theater kann (What Theatre Can Do) and the comprehensive manifesto Die Rückeroberung der Zukunft (The Reconquest of the Future).

 

While recent volumes such as Doing Dramaturgy, Art as an Interface of Law and Justice or Making the Representation Real look at Rau’s work from the outside, here is an opportunity to look deep into the engine room of the work of IIPM and NTGent.

 

“Working globally means creating networks of theoretical debates and practical solidarity, that are not foreseen in the current system,” as Rau wrote in one of his essays. We look forward to the debates of the coming year! On and off the stage – together with you!

 

More information

 

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  “I’m under the influence of this young actor,” confessed a critic yesterday in his 2022 Best-Of. Arne de Tremerie, a member of NTGent’s global ensemble, stars in “The Interrogation,” that Milo Rau wrote and directed together with the French author Édouard Louis last year.   After acclaimed performances at the ITA Amsterdam in March […]


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“A break in art history” – that was 2022

 

“I’m under the influence of this young actor,” confessed a critic yesterday in his 2022 Best-Of. Arne de Tremerie, a member of NTGent’s global ensemble, stars in “The Interrogation,” that Milo Rau wrote and directed together with the French author Édouard Louis last year.

 

After acclaimed performances at the ITA Amsterdam in March and the National Theaters of Croatia and Paris during summer, “The Interrogation” will open the new year on January 6, 2023 – at Rau’s artistic home, the NTGent! Get your ticket for Louis/Rau’s “fundamental ode to failure” here.

 

Closing out the year tonight will Milo Rau’s second major theatrical success of 2022: his “act of universal humanity”, the adaptation of the Swiss national myth “William Tell”. Rau’s “Volks-Tell” (“People’s Tell”) was the best-selling Schauspielhaus play of the year, selected in the annual Best-Of list of the Swiss television’s critics’ poll and inspired discussions about the role of a modern city theatre during months.

 

2022 was the year when touring started again. “The most essential play since years,” wrote La Libération after the Paris premiere of Milo Rau’s and Ursina Lardi’s “Everywoman”. “Family”, “Everywoman” and “Grief and Beauty” drew the highest praise from critics, but also sparked opposition due to their radical aesthetics.

 

“It provokes emotions that cannot be expressed,” wrote Repubblica on the occasion of the Italian tour of “Grief & Beauty”. To kick off 2023, French National Theatre La Colline will host a multi-week focus on Milo Rau’s work. Parallely, a new version of Rau’s classic “Hate Radio” will be presented in Switzerland, France and England in January.

 

A special mention should be made of Miet Warlop’s/NTGent’s “One Song. Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV” that was selected in the New York Times Best Of 2022. It’s already the 3rd time a play of NTGent’s “Theatre History” series has made it into the annual NYTimes selection, following “La Reprise. Histoire(s) du Théâtre I” (Milo Rau) and “Liebestod. Histoire(s) du Théâtre III” (Angelica Liddell).

 

All three plays will tour in 2023 – and the 5th chapter of NTGent’s and IIPM’s acclaimed “Theatre History” is already in the pipeline!

 

“I think Milo represents a break in art history,” French writer Édouard Louis told today Belgian newspaper De Morgen. And indeed, Milo Rau and the NTGent made history in 2022: by founding a film school in Mosul together with the Mosul Fine Arts Academy and the UNESCO. The first 9 films are already touring European film festivals. Now, NTGent and Milo Rau are working to establish a film festival in Mosul!

 

2022 was also the year of political action in Europe. In March 2022, Milo Rau, NTGent and IIPM published together with hundred activists and politicians the “Ghent Declaration” calling for the regularization of Belgian Sans-Papiers. The “Ghent Declaration” was part of the series “School of Resistance”, which was awarded 2022 the “Segal Center Award for Civic Engagement” as “one of the 10 most significant theatre and performance projects worldwide.”

 

And 2022 was also the year of retrospectives: The Venice Biennale dedicated the survey show “Activism and Intimacy” to Milo Rau, Doc Alliance opened the platform “The Milo Rau trials”. The University of Cincinnati organized an international congress about Milo Rau’s “Political Theatre of the Future”. And Rau himself critically examined his work in the much-discussed volume “Theatre is Democracy in Small” and the “Zurich Poetics Lectures“.

 

To close the year, Milo Rau’s hometown St.Gallen awarded him the Great Culture Prize, accompanied by the retrospective “Why Art?”. IIPM invested the prize money in the campaign “Let Shepenesis Return Home”, demanding the return of the eponymous mummy, which had been stolen from her tomb in the 19th century. Shortly before Christmas, the Catholic Church of St.Gallen announced that it would consider restitution.

 

We look forward to another year of engagement and debate, activism and intimacy – together with you! Thank you for your solidarity, your criticism, your support, your friendship!

 


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  SOLIDARITY WITH THE DEAD!   “Let us fight together for justice, against looting and robbery,” demanded more than 200 first-time signatories from Egypt in an “Open Letter from the Egyptian Scholars and Civil Society ” yesterday from the St.Gallen Abbey Library, the Catholic Church and the City and Canton of St.Gallen. The Open Letter, […]


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Grave robbery and violation of the peace of the dead: Egypt demands restitution of the Shepen-Isis mummy

 

SOLIDARITY WITH THE DEAD!

 

“Let us fight together for justice, against looting and robbery,” demanded more than 200 first-time signatories from Egypt in an “Open Letter from the Egyptian Scholars and Civil Society ” yesterday from the St.Gallen Abbey Library, the Catholic Church and the City and Canton of St.Gallen. The Open Letter, signed by countless leading Egyptian Egyptologists, archaeologists, human right activists and the senior commissioners for Egypt’s cultural assets and antiquities, and published by Arab and European media, calls for the establishment of a working group and the opening of the archives.

 

Among the signatories are archaeology professors from countless Egyptian universities, human rights activists, but also Bassem Ibrahim Bassem, Director General of the General Department of Archaeological Sites and Museums of the Ministry of Antiquities. Meanwhile, the official procedure for restitution has been initiated.

 

Open letter

 

The “Open Letter from the Egyptian Scholars and Civil Society” thus intervenes in a debate on cultural looted property and the exhibition of mortal remains that has been moving Switzerland for several weeks: the Schepenese case. The body of the ancient Egyptian priestess Schepenese, which is kept in the Catholic Abbey Library in St. Gallen, was stolen from her tomb at the beginning of the 19th century. Unwrapped up to the chest, it is exhibited there in a glass coffin for 18 Swiss francs (19.24 US dollars) per entry fee. Every year, over 150,000 tourists marvel at this “attraction” (Abbey Library) in the city of eastern Switzerland.

 

This open violation of all valid moral and legal standards led to a scandal following the awarding of the “St.Gallen Culture Prize” a fortnight ago. The artist Milo Rau donated his prize money to the investigation of the case under the motto “Let Schepenese return home”. A “St.Gallen Declaration for Schepenese” signed by 100 Swiss researchers, Egyptologists, historians, artists and politicians demanded an end to the degrading exhibition practice and an examination of Schepenese’s repatriation to Egypt. The letter was signed by leading historians Bénédicte Savoy, Gesine Krüger, Jakob Tanner and Erich Keller, as well as cultural figures from Adolf Muschg to Sibylle Berg and Kim de l’Horizon.

 

St. Gallen Declaration

 

The Egyptologist Monica Hanna (University of Aswan), one of the initiators of the “St.Gallen Declaration”, said: “There is no better time than the present to correct the mistakes of the past.” For hardly ever has a moral and legal crime been so clear as in the case of Switzerland’s oldest mummy Schepenese. “That the mummy was grave robbery should be clear to everyone,” the newspaper “Die Ostschweiz” summed up the ongoing debate a few days ago. Even the head of the Abbey Library, Cornel Dora states in “Schepenese. Die ägyptische Mumie der Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen” (Schepenese. The Egyptian Mummy of the Abbey Library St.Gallen), which he edited: “The coffins of Shepenese originate from a robbery excavation” (p.59)

 

The Abbey Library and the Catholic Church had initially denied these facts against their better judgement. However, the pressure from politics, science, civil society and the media had finally become too big. In addition to the open letters from Switzerland and Egypt, there were official interpellations in both the municipal and cantonal parliaments of the city in eastern Switzerland. The unusually brutal case of violation of the peace of the dead in the Schepenese case caused an uproar, and countless appeals from politics, research and civil society went to the government and church of St.Gallen. Together with Egypt, St.Gallen now wants to find an ethically and legally acceptable solution.

 

What do you think? How should human remains from “looted excavations” be dealt with? Is it still justifiable in the 21st century to exhibit a corpse looted in colonial times half-naked for money? How can the “Schepenese case” become a precedent for humane and respectful cultural cooperation? How can we work together with Egyptian research and civil society for a global culture of memory beyond exploitation and dictatorship?

 

Solidarity with the dead! Let’s set a sign together for a humane and respectful cultural cooperation! Let Schepenese return home!

 

Questions & Facts

 

“The order of power must be disturbed.”
Milo Rau on the “Schepenese Case”


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Milo Rau, renowned Swiss theatre director and author, is donating his Grand St.Gallen Culture Prize to Schepenese: The famous mummy in the Abbey Library should return to Egypt and be kept in dignity in the meantime. This demand is launched on the 17th of November with the “St.Gallen Declaration for Schepenese”. Milo Rau receives support […]


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Free Schepenese! Milo Rau donates 30,000 Swiss francs to a mummy

Milo Rau, renowned Swiss theatre director and author, is donating his Grand St.Gallen Culture Prize to Schepenese: The famous mummy in the Abbey Library should return to Egypt and be kept in dignity in the meantime. This demand is launched on the 17th of November with the “St.Gallen Declaration for Schepenese”. Milo Rau receives support from prominent figures from science, culture and politics such as Adolf Muschg, Sibylle Berg, Bénédicte Savoy, Mattea Meyer, Peter Stamm, Heba Abd el Gawad, Jean Ziegler, Gesine Krüger, Paul Rechsteiner und Kim de l’Horizon. The committee cooperates with the «College of Archaeology of Cultural Heritage» from the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Aswan.

 

Here you finde the full press release and information about the activities on 17 November.

 

www.return-shepenisis.com


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IN PRAISE OF EXTREMISM ZURICH POETIC LECTURES   “The Milo Rau Trials”: This is the title under which Doc Alliance, the association of the world’s major documentary film festivals, celebrates “one of the world’s most inspired and controversial theatre directors’ work in film” in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Milo Rau is holding another, rather intellectual […]


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Political Theatre of the Future: Milo Rau Conference

IN PRAISE OF EXTREMISM
ZURICH POETIC LECTURES

 

The Milo Rau Trials”: This is the title under which Doc Alliance, the association of the world’s major documentary film festivals, celebrates “one of the world’s most inspired and controversial theatre directors’ work in film” in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Milo Rau is holding another, rather intellectual and selfcritical tribunal in Zurich – a tribunal against himself and his art.

Awarded honorary doctorates in Sweden and Belgium, Milo Rau is receiving 2022 what is one of his home country’s most important academic honors: He will host the “Zurich Poetics Lectures” from November 3 on. Rau, who will give his lectures under the title “Why Art?”, follows poets such as Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, W. G. Sebald (“Austerlitz”) or German Book Prize winner Saša Stanišić.

In the three lectures, Milo Rau will descend to the biogaphical and esthetical sources of his work. The first (“Morality and Paralysis”) takes place at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, the second (“In Praise of Extremism”) at the Literaturhaus Zurich, and the third (“The Reconquest of the Future”) at the Zurich Kunsthaus, where Rau recently staged a shaman action.

“Art is questioned as a public space, as a place of responsibility where the aesthetic appears as a political act.” University of Zurich

Poetic Lectures

 

POLITICAL THEATRE OF THE FUTURE?
CINCINNATI CONFERENCE

 

Last week, Milo Rau published an obituary in German, Swiss and Belgian newspapers on the philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour, who, according to Rau, “created a whole planet of knowledge, cross-references, ideas”. In five points, Rau explores Latour’s influence on the “collective idea of what man is, what the world is, and what knowledge is – and how everything is connected.”

Now, a multi-day congress in the USA is dedicated to the diverse approaches, the artistic and activist work of Milo Rau himself: “What idea of political or critical theatre is inherent in his works? What understanding of “world”, citizenship and global community is promoted in his projects?”, ask the organisers from the University of Cincinnati (USA).

Fifteen lectures by researchers from all over the world will critically examine all possible aspects of Milo Rau’s work: from his “aesthetics of attention” to “transmedial storytelling”, from Rau’s cinematic to his institutional work, from his tribunals and assemblies to the Swiss director’s books, manifestos and finally to the role of solidarity and intervention in Rau’s “Theatre of the Real”.

Conference Program

 

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MOSUL FILMSCHOOL ON EUROPEAN FESTIVALS   Last season ended with a retrospective of Milo Rau’s cinematic work at the Venice Biennale. At the start of the new season, IIPM’s and NTGent’s films are touring the world again. We are particularly pleased to announce that “The New Gospel” – Swiss Film Prize winner 2021 and “Stream […]


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The Mosul Filmschool comes to Europe!

MOSUL FILMSCHOOL
ON EUROPEAN FESTIVALS

 

Last season ended with a retrospective of Milo Rau’s cinematic work at the Venice Biennale. At the start of the new season, IIPM’s and NTGent’s films are touring the world again. We are particularly pleased to announce that “The New Gospel” – Swiss Film Prize winner 2021 and “Stream of the Month” according to last week-end’s “The Guardian” – has been nominated for the 2022 Prix Italia.

Thanks to the “Revolt of Dignity”, led by activist and “New Gospel” protagonist Yvan Sagnet, 1000 migrant workers have already been regularized. “Rau’s films and stage works can hardly be described as a product, but rather as a collective process that activistically and artistically draws a new global resistance,” how the Swiss director’s work was recently described.

The “Filmschool in Mosul”, founded by NTGent together with the Academy of Fine Arts Mosul and UNESCO, is another example of what Milo Rau himself calls “micro-ecologies”: Twenty students – boys and girls, all from Mosul – were taught camera techniques, directing, writing scenarios, and editing. Seven of those bold and moving films are now among the official selection of the 49th Film Fest Gent (Ghent, Belgium) on 16 October.

On the 19th of November, the Mosul Filmschool films will also be shown during the Arab Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, to then continue their tour through Europe. To reinforce the local cultural scene in a sustainable way, the first-ever Mosul Short Film Festival is in the planning: a three-day festival featuring a selection of short films form Iraq and neighbouring countries.

PRESS RELEASE

 

Also IIPM’s and NTGent’s theatre tour season is in full swing. Last weekend, “the universal tale of life and death” (Volkskrant *****) “Grief & Beauty” started its Italian tour in Rome, the play “The Interrogation”, which has already been performed in Paris, Amsterdam and Ghent, thrilled the audience at the Croatian National Theatre, and the “soulful hymn to life” (The Guardian *****) “Family” will soon travel to Holland and Paris.

La Reprise” about the murder of Ihsane Jarfi in Liège – first part of IIPM’s/NTGent’s “Histoire(s) du Théâtre” series – is on international tour again and returns to Liège itself next weekend. “Everywoman” travels to the Paris Autumn Festival. And Rau’s interpretation of the Swiss National Myth “Wilhelm Tell” just started its autumn series in Zurich.

Last but not least: 11 years after its premiere, a new version of IIPM’s classic “Hate Radio” is being staged this autumn, premiering in Lugano and Lyon. Want to join? First “Hate Radio” tour dates here.

ALL TOUR DATES

 

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WHY ART? NEW MILO RAU BOOK   For the start of the 22/23 season, Rau publishes his perhaps most fundamental and self-critical work, a personal reflection of the artistic and activist work of the last 20 years together with IIPM and NTGent: “Theatre is Democracy in Small” (208 pages, English and Dutch edition).   What […]


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“Theatre is Democracy in Small” – New Milo Rau book out

WHY ART?
NEW MILO RAU BOOK

 

For the start of the 22/23 season, Rau publishes his perhaps most fundamental and self-critical work, a personal reflection of the artistic and activist work of the last 20 years together with IIPM and NTGent: “Theatre is Democracy in Small” (208 pages, English and Dutch edition).

 

What is radical, what is engaged art – and why art at all? How can longterm transnational collaborations be sustainable? What are artistic “micro-ecologies”? And how can a modern (city) theatre function in a way that gives space to the diversity of a society and all its conflicts?

 

In programmatic texts, an extensive exchange with critic Marijn Lems about the lessons and failures of his artistic career and in a collective manifesto – together with NTGent’s houseartists Miet Warlop, Lara Staal, Luanda Casella, Chokri Ben Chikha and Jesse Vandamme – Rau tries to answer the question: What is the Theatre of the Future?

 

Order “Theatre is Democracy in Small” in English or in Dutch.

 

“We only know who we are when we interact with others.” (from the book)

 

HISTOIRE(S) DU THÉÂTRE
A COLLECTIVE ART HISTORY

 

In 2018, Milo Rau, IIPM and NTGent started what would become “the most influential theatre-series of our years”: “Histoire(s) du Théâtre” (History of Theatre), a collective history of theatre in performances. When the first chapter of the series premiered at the prestigious Festival d’Avignon (“La Reprise”, created by Milo Rau/IIPM), The New York Times voted the “heartrending” production into its top ten of the year – as did critics in seven other countries world-wide.

 

“Histoire(s) du Théâtre I” was followed by chapters by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula (2019), Spanish performer Angélica Liddell (2021) and this summer by Flemish artist and choreographer Miet Warlop. Warlop’s “Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV: ONE SONG” (2022), which like the previous parts premiered at the Festival d’Avignon, delighted audiences and critics. The New York Times was impressed by the “loud, absurd and extremely entertaining” piece, The Guardian experienced a “more than deserved standing ovation” and Le Monde summed up: “A fascinating artist who is finally getting more recognition.”

 

Experience Warlop’s “Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV: ONE SONG from October 1st at our homebase NTGent. More about the series HISTORY OF THEATRE can be found here.

 

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BIENNALE DI VENEZIA MILO RAU RETROSPECTIVE   With the performance of the internationally acclaimed play “La Reprise”, four film screenings under the title “Activism & Intimacy”, a masterclass and a series of talks, the upcoming 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale Teatro produces and hosts a retrospective on the work of Swiss theatre and film […]


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Biennale di Venezia: Milo Rau Retrospective

BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
MILO RAU RETROSPECTIVE

 

With the performance of the internationally acclaimed play “La Reprise”, four film screenings under the title “Activism & Intimacy”, a masterclass and a series of talks, the upcoming 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale Teatro produces and hosts a retrospective on the work of Swiss theatre and film director Milo Rau.

 

Between 27 June and 3 July, the retrospective is at the same time a celebration of the extension of the artistic leadership of Milo Rau at the Belgian city theatre NTGent until the end of 2026. Shortly after NTGent presented its brand new season 22-23, showcasing the work of over 60 theatre makers from Belgium and far beyond, we are proud to announce the extension of the collaboration of NTGent with Milo Rau and the IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder.

 

To celebrate this, IIPM and NTGent invite you to a special screening of “The New Gospel” on 3 July (5pm) at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale during the 2022 Venice Biennale Teatro, as part of the Milo Rau retrospective. The screening is followed by an aftertalk with director Milo Rau (moderated by Andrea Porcheddu) on Rau’s work and future plans.

 

Full program Milo Rau retrospective

 

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  “FROM TRAGIC TO MAGIC” THE CITY THEATRE OF THE FUTURE   When Milo Rau and his artistic team started at 2018 at NTGent, they transformed the Ghentian theatre to an open, inclusive stage for everybody. NTGent became the center of countless heated debates about what a city theatre was and should be. As a […]


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“From Tragic to Magic”: a season of new collectives

 

“FROM TRAGIC TO MAGIC”
THE CITY THEATRE OF THE FUTURE

 

When Milo Rau and his artistic team started at 2018 at NTGent, they transformed the Ghentian theatre to an open, inclusive stage for everybody. NTGent became the center of countless heated debates about what a city theatre was and should be. As a critic lately wrote: “This company is undoubtedly the most ambitious theatre project in recent years.”

“From tragic to magic – a season of new collectives,” this is the slogan of NTGent’s first post-Covid season. Which actors, directors, performances and activists will fill NTGent’s venues next year? How will the season 22/23 look like? Who is NTGent’s Global Ensemble and how can we give all the different voices of society a home, a house and a stage? What is The City Theatre of the Future – and what is its mission?

 

Opening Speech

 

On Monday, on the occasion of the traditional season’s presentation, these questions were answered with a collective speech by five of the house artists of NTGent: Luanda Casella, Jesse Vandamme, Miet Warlop, Chokri Ben Chikha, Lara Staal and Milo Rau. The speech was followed by a video, presenting the coming season, and the Belgian premiere of “The Interrogation” (Édouard Louis & Milo Rau).

 

For season 22/23, NTGent will produce and invite more than 60 makers and shows from Flanders, Belgium, Europe and the whole world: “We unite professionals with non-professionals, actors with activists. Animals meet robots, sounds meet bodies – and even the climate itself will be present.”

 

Within a network of over 10 theatres all over Europe, we imagine a system to sustainably tour plays by recreating them in the context of every city. And we continue to produce films in Europe, Brazil and Iraq, create new editons of our “School of Resistance”, imagine campaigns and festivals – together with our local and international partners from Ghent and Flanders to the Mosul Fine Arts Academy, from the Venice Biennale to the Avignon Festival, from the Brazilian Landless Movement to the UNESCO. Join the magical journey of NTGent!

 

Find all information and tickets for the season 22/23 here, watch the season’s presentation video and read NTGent’s collective opening speech.

 

“Welcome to our new season! May it be terrifyingly beautiful!”
Luanda Casella

 

Season Brochure

 

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