The 2019 Adelaide Festival presentation of La Reprise marks the Australian debut of director Milo Rau, hailed as “the most influential” (Die Zeit), “most awarded” (Le Soir), “most interesting” (De Standaard) and “most ambitious” (The Guardian) theatre artist of our time. The Swiss-born director and author turned to theatre and film making 15 years ago and his company’s scrupulously researched reconstructions of world events (the Congolese Civil War, Putin’s show trials, a murderous paedophile’s grim history in Belgium to name a few) have become much-discussed theatre events around the world.
His remarkable ‘show all workings’ theatre is far removed from Brecht but could be as important. Danish “dogma” cinema-style, he recently outraged many with a 10-point manifesto for making theatre: bilingualism, inclusion of non-professionals, publicly accessible research, even rehearsal and performance in war zones. Point 1 sums it up though: “It’s not just about portraying the world. It’s about changing it.”
La Reprise (“the repetition”), approaches tragedy in the form of a multi-perspective narrative of a criminal case: the 2012 murder of a young gay man in Liège, Belgium. The piece premiered only last year: The New York Times called it ‘the production that dominated conversations in Avignon…extraordinary’. Clinical, intimate, shocking and utterly compelling, no theatre lover can miss this unforgettable work from this major new voice in world theatre.
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The acting is exceptional across the board... It is an extraordinarily mature, crystalline and compelling piece of theatre.
The Guardian, UK
Undoubtedly the greatest moment of the (Avignon) festival.
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Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Concept, text and director Milo Rau
Performers Kristien De Proost, Suzy Cocco, Sébastien Foucault, Sabri Saad el Hamus, Fabian Leenders, Tom Adjibi
Research & dramaturgy Eva-Maria Bertschy, Stefan Bläske, Carmen Hornbostel, François Pacco
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 set designer Patty Eggerickx
Design Nina Wolters
Technical staff on tour Pierre-Olivier Boulant (video, sound). Sylvain Faye and Sebastian König (stage, light), Jim Goossens Bara (camera)
“The Repetition” is a production by the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SUPPORTED BY the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, Pro Helvetia and Ernst Göhner Stiftung, IN COPRODUCTION 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.