BY MILO RAU NACH MOTIVEN BASED ON WORKS BY PIER PAOLO PASOLINI AND DONATIEN ALPHONSE FRANÇOIS DE SADE
In October last year, Milo Rau presented his internationally celebrated production “Five Easy Pieces”, a co-production with the Munich Kammerspiele, in which children reconstructed the events surrounding the paedophile Marc Dutroux. With “Die 120 Tage von Sodom”, the Swiss director further develops both the form and content of this theatre experiment. Can you bring what is probably the most controversial work of film history to the stage with physically or mentally challenged actors? In an Alpine republic, young people are abducted and tortured to death by representatives of a subordinate fascist regime. Milo Rau situates his material in a freely associated present time – a postmodern feudalism, which oscillates between self-indulgence and fear of collapse, the delusion of normalisation and narrow-minded thirst for scandal. It raises some fundamental social and artistic questions: What is power? What is voyeurism? What state is the concept of “dignity of life” in? What is normal, what is abnormal? Where does pain end – and where does salvation begin?
With: Noha Badir, Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Matthias Brücker,
Nikolai Gralak, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Robert
Hunger-Bühler, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet, Michael Neuenschwander,
Matthias Neukirch, Tiziana Pagliaro, Nora Tosconi, Fabienne Villiger,
Text and direction: Milo Rau, Stage design and costumes: Anton Lukas, Video: Kevin
Graber, Light: Christoph Kunz, Dramaturgy: Stefan Bläske, Gwendolyne
Schauspielhaus Zürich in cooperation with Theater HORA.