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