In “Five Easy Pieces” the Swiss director and author Milo Rau submits the esthetics of the realistic narrative theater and cruelty to a theatrical examination. The production has been created in cooperation with the Gent production house CAMPO which has achieved worldwide renown through its theater work for children and young people. The production deals with the life and crimes of Marc Dutroux – and thus with various taboos and pain points of private and political life. In five exercises of great simplicity – short scenes and monologs for the camera – children slip into different roles. They play a police officer, Marc Dutroux’s father, one of the victims, the parents of a dead girl. Re-enactments that have been rehearsed with adults – a crime scene investigation, the declaration of independence of Congo, a funeral ceremony, a scene from the everyday life of Marc Dutroux’s father – lead them to their roles and destinies. This unfolds, on the one hand, a historical panorama of Belgian history, from the independence of Congo to the mass rally of the “White March”. At the same time children are familiarized with the emotional and political absurdities and abysses of the adult world. What does it mean to make theater for adults with children? What does this tell us about power and submission, about theater and performance, about mimesis and the human condition?
With Rachel Dedain, Maurice Leerman, Pepijn Loobuyck, Willem Loobuyck, Polly Persyn, Peter
Seynaeve, Elle Liza Tayou, Winne Vancker Concept, text, direction Milo Rau Setting and costumes Anton Lukas Sound and video design Sam Verhaert Dramaturgy Stefan Bläske
A production by IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder and CAMPO Coproduction
Kunstenfestivaldesartes Brüssel 2016, Münchner Kammerspiele, La Bâtie – Festival de
Genève, Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee Zürich, Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA),
SICK! Festival UK, Sophiensaele Berlin, Le Phénix Scène Nationale Valen-Ciennes Pôle Européen
- recommended from age 16 on -