Theater, Book, Exhibition


What do we mean by ›flight‹? And what by ›homeland‹? What will the new Europe look like? As the finale of the »European Trilogy«, a three-year examination of the myth and the reality of Europe, »Empire« presents biographical close-ups of people who have come to Europe as refugees or who live on its perimeters. After a look at Western Europe’s ideological homelessness in »The Civil Wars« and at war and forced migration in the former Yugoslavia, Russia and Germany in »The Dark Ages«, in »Empire« actors from Greece, Syria and Romania recount artistic and real tragedies, torture, flight, mourning, death and rebirth. What happens to people who have lost all their belongings or their homeland through crises and war? An intimate portrait told on an epic scale emerges of a continent whose past has been fractured many times and whose future is uncertain. In »Empire« three years’ worth of consideration of the cultural roots, political present and future of the European continent is pursued and brought to completion: Europe equally as a mythical and pragmatic empire, the Europeans as bearers of ancient traditions and of the eternal homo migrans.


A production of the IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder. In co-operation with the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, the Schaubühne at the Lehniner Platz Berlin and the Steirischer Herbst Graz. Sponsored by: The Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs, Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Pro Helvetia and Migros-Kulturprozent. Kindly supported by Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen.


Konzept, Text und Regie: Milo Rau
Bühne und Kostüme: Anton Lukas
Video: Marc Stephan
Dramaturgie und Recherche: Stefan Bläske, Mirjam Knapp
Sounddesign: Jens Baudisch
Technik: Aymrik Pech
Produktionsleitung: Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann


Text und Performance: Ramo Ali, Akillas Karazissis, Rami Khalaf, Maia Morgenstern