Hong Kong International Black Box Festival: Milo Rau/ International Institute of Political Murder/ CAMPO "Five Easy Pieces" (Switzerland/ Germany/ Belgium)

  • Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre
  • 31.10.2018 - 03.11.2018

A provocative, groundbreaking performance that probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do

Five Easy Pieces is a profound, funny and confrontational experience that blends realism and brutality, probing the limits of what children know, feel, and do and initiating them in the emotional and political absurdities of the adult world. Using performers aged under 13, and the biography of the country’s most notorious criminal, child killer Marc Dutroux, the performance sketches a brief history of Belgium and reflects on the (re)presentation of human feelings on stage.

In five simple exercises, short scenes and monologues, the young actors sneak into different roles – a police officer, Dutroux’s father, one of the victims, the parents of a dead girl – in re-enactments they’ve rehearsed with adult actors: a visit to the scene of the crime, a funeral, a moment in the life of Dutroux’s father. At times funny, at times deeply disturbing, these scenes unfold against a projected backdrop of moments from Belgium’s history, from Congo’s declaration of independence to the 1998 “White March” against corruption. Aesthetic and theatrical questions blend with moral issues: How can children understand the real significance of empathy, loss, old age, disappointment, or rebellion? What does it mean for adults to observe them in these scenes? And what does it say about our own fears, desires and taboos?

After touring to international popular acclaim, Five Easy Pieces premieres this year in Hong Kong and Beijing.

“A performance that proves that distanced emotion is stronger than pathos. This is grand theatre, human, sensitive, intelligent and political.”
— Christian Jade, RTBF.b

Screening: The Congo Tribunal by Milo Rau
International Institute of Political Murder is funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, Pro Helvetia, GGG Basel, Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL (Basel)
CAMPO is supported by The Flemish Government, The Province of East Flanders & The City of Ghent
Media Sponsor

Performance Date & Venue

  • Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre
  • 8pm 31.10-2.11.2018
    3pm 3.11.2018*
  • $380 / $280 / $200
  • *Additional performance
  • Presented in Dutch with Chinese and English surtitles
  • Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission
  • This programme contains scenes of violence
  • Recommended for ages 12 and above
  • No admission for latecomers

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  • Prix de la critique théâtre & danse 2016 —Special juryprize for Milo Rau
  • Selection Theatertreffen 2017
  • 3-sat award 2017 for Milo Rau for Five Easy Pieces
  • Selection Dutch Theatre Festival 2017
  • Selection Belgian Theatre Festival 2017

Special Events

Talk: Curators Face to Face
Estension Activity:
Public Seminar by Stefan Bläske: Dramaturgy and Political Theatre Today

Workshop: Between the Real and the Represented

Cast & Production Team

Concept / Text / Direction Milo Rau
Text / Cast Aimone De Zordo
Fons Dumont
Arno John Keys
Blanche Ghyssaert
Lucia Redondo
Pepijn Siddiki
Eva Luna Van Hijfte
Peter Seynaeve
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
Production Assistant Ted Oonk
Child Care Valentine Galeyn
Research Mirjam Knapp
Dries Douibi
Set & Costume Design Anton Lukas
Production CAMPO
International Institute of Political Murder
Co - produced by 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