Five Easy Pieces, a North American premiere, probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do, as seven children present the true story of notorious Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux. Swiss director Milo Rau and his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) explore aesthetic and theatrical questions that blend together with moral issues: How can children understand the 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? What does that say about our own fears and desires? Together with CAMPO Arts Centre from Ghent, Rau created his first work with children on stage.
Five Easy Pieces will be presented in Flemish, with English supertitles. This piece is recommended for ages 16+
Milo Rau, a Swiss theater and film director, journalist, essayist, and lecturer, founded the theater and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) which he has been running ever since. His productions, campaigns and films have been invited to some of the biggest national and international festivals. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgiquerecently named him “one of Europe’s most sought-after directors” with the German weekly Der Freitag describing him “as the most controversial theatre director of his generation.” campo.nu internatinal-institute.de
This project is supported by the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA and the Goethe Institut in New York.