het Theater Festival

“Five Easy Pieces makes you shiver ánd smile. A pearly pickaxe, unveiling hidden basements and crushing them to bits. Irresponsibly good theatre. ”

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Five Easy Pieces

Milo Rau / IIPM / CAMPO

Is it possible – and with which means – to perform the life of child killer Marc Dutroux with children? In Five Easy Pieces Milo Rau in collaboration with CAMPO Five Easy Pieces probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do. How can children understand the real significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, disappointment, or rebellion? How do we react if we see them acting out scenes of violence or love and romance? In particular, what does that say about our own fears and desires? This makes for a confrontational experience. Rau likewise uses the biography of the country’s most notoriously shameful criminal to sketch a brief history of Belgium.

Swiss theatre director Milo Rau and his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) have conquered the biggest international stages in recent years with their matchless political theatre. Rau was recently appointed the artistic director of NTGent.

Working with children in adult productions is a constant aspect of CAMPO’s practice: from Moeder en Kind by Alain Platel and Arne Sierens in the 1990s to the recent Next Day by Philippe Quesne or Victor by Jan Martens and Peter Seynaeve.

concept, text & direction Milo Rau | text & performance Rachel Dedain, Aimone De Zordo, Fons Dumont, Arno John Keys, Maurice Leerman, Pepijn Loobuyck, Willem Loobuyck, Blanche Ghyssaert, Polly Persyn, Lucia Redondo Peter Seynaeve, Pepijn Siddiki, Elle Liza Tayou, Winne Vanacker, Hendrik Van Doorn & Eva Luna Van Hijfte (2 casts of 8) | performance film Sara De Bosschere, Pieter-Jan De Wyngaert, Johan Leysen, Peter Seynaeve, Jan Steen, Ans Van den Eede, Hendrik Van Doorn, Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse | dramaturgy Stefan Bläske | direction assistant & performance coach Peter Seynaeve | child care & production assistant Ted Oonk | research Mirjam Knapp, Dries Douibi | set & costume design Anton Lukas | production CAMPO, IIPM | coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels 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 Valenciennes pôle européen de création
€18 / €14 (-25/65+) / €10 (-19)
duration: 100 min.
language: Dutch spoken | surtit. FR, EN