History of theater


von Milo Rau


From the very beginning, theatre has been an incantation of the dead, a ritualized experience of original sins and collective traumas. In the first part of Milo Rau’s curated series “History of Theatre” on the essence/nature, history and future of theatre, the director and author approaches tragedy in the form of an allegorical crime game. What’s at the beginning of a crime? Intention or coincidence? What kind of intrigue leads to murder? Who will be sacrificed? For what? Who punishes the murderers? What role does the audience play? How much blame does the collective bear? Milo Rau, the four actors Sara de Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen, Tom Adjibi and a group of contemporary witnesses and non-professional actors set out to follow the trail of a capital crime, searching for the essential fatalities and emotions of the tragic experience: loss and grief, disaster and fear, cruelty and terror, betrayal and mistrust. Milo Rau stages the ordeal of a city which, after its imperceptible economic decline in the post-industrial age, is gradually descending into violence and despair – in search of the core of the fundamentally tragic human condition and in celebration of the power of theatre.


With this production, Milo Rau introduces the series “History of Theatre”, a long-term performative investigation into the past, present and future of the oldest art form of human kind, which will be continued in the season 2018/19 by the Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula. In this first part, Rau and his team return to the fundamental problems of their artistic work over the last 15 years: the question of the representability of violence and traumatic events on stage.


CONCEPT, TEXT AND DIRECTOR Milo Rau PERFORMERS Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen, Tom Adjibi et al. RESEARCH & DRAMATURGY Eva-Maria Bertschy DRAMATURGIC COLLABORATION Stefan Bläske, Carmen Hornbostel SET & COSTUME DESIGN Anton Lukas VIDEO Maxime Jennes and Dimitri Petrovic LIGHT DESIGN Jurgen Kolb TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Jens Baudisch PRODUCTION Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Carmen Hornbostel ASSISTANT DRAMATURG François Pacco ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER  Patty Eggerickx PUBLIC RELATIONS Yven Augustin DESIGN Nina Wolters EQUIPMENT Workshops and studios du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


“History of Theatre” (Working Title) is a production by the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SUPPORTED BY the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Pro Helvetia, IN COLLABORATION WITH 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.

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