La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)

    04/05  | 20:15
    05/05  | 20:15
    06/05  | 15:00
    08/05  | 20:15
    09/05  | 19:30
    10/05  | 20:15

€ 30 / € 20 (-25/65+)
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Fiction or reality. Which of the two is guiltier? In his latest work Milo Rau launches a new series in the form of a long-term performance-based investigation into the past, present and future of theatre, humanity’s oldest art form. In it the pioneering Swiss director tackles a fundamental issue: that of the representation of violence and traumatic events on stage. From the outset, theatre has been an incantation of the dead, a ritual experience of primitive crimes and collective traumas. What intrigues, intentions or coincidences lead to murder? What role does the audience play and what blame can be attributed to the collective? Together with the four actors Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen and Tom Adjibi, as well as the storage man Fabian Leenders and the dog-sitter Suzy Cocco, he follows the trail of a capital crime, searching for the essential fatalities and emotions of the tragic experience: loss and grief, lie and truth, disaster and fear, cruelty and terror. Six actors and amateurs contemplate about the glamour and abysses of life and theatre and slip into the roles of the protagonists of a brutal murder case: A manifesto for a democratic theatre of the real emerges. Based on a tragic event that occurred in Liège a few years ago, La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) stages the suffering of a city that, following its imperceptible economic decline in the post-industrial era, has gradually descended into violence and despair. Fiction or reality?

With this production, Milo Rau introduces the series “Histoire(s) du théâtre”, a long-term performative investigation into the oldest art form of human kind, which will be continued in the season 2018/19 by the Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula.

See also

  • Encounter with the actors, Bertrand Daele, Frédéric Gillot, Hassan Jafi & Caroline Lamarche on 6/05 - 17:00 (moderator: Eva-Maria Bertschy)
    During the artistic process, Milo Rau and his team meet many people who inspire their work. In a meeting after the show the actors of 'La Reprise' interact with them about their experiences during the rehearsals and performances.
  • Artist talk with Milo Rau & Olivier Bailly (Médor) on 9/05 – 22:00 > 23:00
  • Ishane Jarfi Day on 17/05 in the centre of Brussels

Concept, text and director Milo Rau   

Performers Sara De Bosschere, Suzy Cocco, Sébastien Foucault, Fabian Leenders, Johan Leysen, Tom Adjibi 

Research & dramaturgy Eva-Maria Bertschy   

Dramaturgic collaboration Stefan Bläske, Carmen Hornbostel   

Set & costume design Anton Lukas   

Video Maxime Jennes & 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 & studios du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles   

Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles   

Production International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles  

Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin & 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   

With a contribution of ESACT Liège   

Subtitling with the support of ONDA

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One night in April of 2012, Ihsane Jarfi gets talking to a group of young men in a grey VW Polo in front of a gay club on a street corner in Liège. Two weeks later he is found dead at the edge of a wood. He had been violently murdered after being tortured for hours. The crime upsets and unsettles the entire city. Milo Rau is reconstructing the case – working with professional and non-professional actors – for the stage.

From the very beginning, theatre has been an incantation of the dead, a ritualized experience of original sins and collective traumas. In La Reprise, the first part of a series curated by Milo Rau titled Histoire(s) du théâtre, the director and author approaches tragedy in the form of a multi-perspective narrative of a criminal case in 5 acts. What is at the beginning of a crime? Intention or coincidence? What part does the audience play? How much is the collective to blame? And who is on stage? Milo Rau and his four actors Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen and Tom Adjibi, as well as the storeman Fabian Leenders and the dog-sitter Suzy Cocco set out to discover a capital crime, in search of the essential emotions of tragic experiences: loss and grief, truth and falsehood, disaster and fear, cruelty and terror. Six professional and nonprofessional actors ponder the glamour and depths of life and theatre and slip into the roles of the protagonists involved in a brutal murder case: a manifesto for a democratic theatre of the real emerges.

With this production, Milo Rau will be introducing the series Histoire(s) du théâtre, a performative long-term study on human kind’s oldest art form, which the Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula will be continuing in the 2018/19 season. Rau and his team return to the fundamental problems of their artistic work over the last 15 years: the question of representability of violence and traumatic events on stage – in search of the essence of the fundamentally tragic human condition and
in celebration of the power of theatre.

La Reprise is the first production to follow the “Ghent Manifesto” – a set of rules which will apply to all productions at the NTGent under the artistic direction of Milo Rau. It will be published officially on May 18th 2018 at NTGent.

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Critics called him “the most influential” (DIE ZEIT), “most awarded” (Le Soir), “most interesting” (De Standaard) or “most ambitious” (The Guardian) artist of our time: the Swiss director and author Milo Rau (born 1977), artistic director of the NTGent beginning in the season 2018/19. Rau studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich under Pierre Bourdieu and Tzvetan Todorov, among others. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon, the Venice Biennale Teatro, the Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Rau has received many honours, most recently the PeterWeiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI Prize, as youngest artist ever after Frank Castorf and Pina Bausch. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted “Acting Director of the Year” in the critics’ survey conducted by the Deutsche Bühne. Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a very productive writer.

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