Swiss director Milo Rau, one of the most brilliant and sought-after directors of European documentary theatre today, makes his Asian premiere in Singapore withFive Easy Pieces, an emotionally powerful drama performed by children for an adult audience.
In collaboration with the Ghent-based art centre CAMPO, Rau/IIPM centres Five Easy Pieces on Marc Dutroux, an infamous convicted murderer and paedophile. In five chapters that follow Dutroux’s life and trial, Rau casts a critical lens on childhood as a protected area, carefully shielded from reality’s dirty truths. Yet, the media successfully penetrate this protective veil. What do we hide from our children and what do we unwittingly confide through our actions?
Since founding the IIPM in 2007, Rau has examined socio-political conflicts with his documentary creations that are now indelibly stamped onto world theatre. He has brought revolution in Romania (“The Last Days Of The Ceausescus”) and Rwandan genocide (“Hate Radio”) to the stage. His staging of court cases in multi-day spectacles (“The Moscow Trials” focusing on the Pussy Riot case, “The Congo Tribunal” and “The Europe Trilogy”) has received widespread acclaim.
Featuring seven young performers aged eight to 13, Five Easy Pieces employs all of Rau’s past approaches: the scenic form of re-enactments; the focus on social taboos and trauma, as in the ‘trials’; and the search for what is most intimate in a narrative – something universally human.
Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.
Co-produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels 2016 / Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) / Münchner Kammerspiele / La Bâtie – Festival de Genève / Kaserne Basel / Gessnerallee Zürich / SICK! Festival UK / Sophiensaele Berlin / Le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de creation. Production by CAMPO & IIPM.
Rating: Restricted 18 (Mature Theme and Disturbing Content)
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