Milo Rau | International Institute of Political Murder (Zurich)


30.10. 8.00 pm - 10.05 pm

31.10. 8.00 pm - 10.05 pm

01.11. 8.00 pm - 10.05 pm

Residenztheater Marstall


Entrance € 24 | Reduced € 8


ART IN RESISTANCE | An artist talk will be held after the show on October 30 at Residenztheater Marstall.


In Flemish and French with German surtitles

A living room is on the stage with four people in it, and above them on a screen are their enlarged faces. The four relate episodes from their youth, about their fathers and how they broke away from them. They talk about insanity, faith, and also political convictions and they ask what remains of them. What still holds this society together in an era of radicalism, the announced climate wars, and the general loss of values? How does a period of cultural change affect personal lives? And is theater today still suitable for the role of a political medium of reflection? Recent European history is reflected in the intimate stories and a tableau vivant of our times is created. THE CIVIL WARS is the first part of Milo Rau's preoccupation with Europe; the director will continue working on his preoccupation this winter at Schaubühne Berlin.


Concept, text and direction Milo Rau Text and play Karim Bel Kacem, Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault and Johan Leysen Research and dramaturgy Eva-Maria Bertschy Stage and costumes Anton Lukas Camera and video design Marc Stephan Sound and sound design Jens Baudisch Light design Abdeltife Mouhssi, Bruno Gilbert and Aymrik Pech Musical advisors Colette Broeckert and Eurudike De Beul Assistant to the director Mirjam Knapp Assistant to stage design and technical director Bruno Gilbert and Aymrik Pech Research, translation and transcription Aurélie Di Marino Production managerf Mascha Euchner-Martinez and Eva-Karen Tittmann Public relations Yven Augustin Corporate design Nina Wolters Web mastering Jonas Weissbrodt Editor of the book Rolf Bossart


Milo Rau (b. 1977) studied sociology, German, and Romance studies. He has worked as a director and author since 2003. In 2007 Rau founded the theater and film production company IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder – to produce and evaluate his artistic work. His theater productions and films have toured through more than 13 countries and have been invited to important national and international festivals. Rau received the Swiss Theater Award in 2014; the War Blinded Audio Play Award (for HATE RADIO); a Special Award at the Festival of German Film (for DIE MOSKAUER PROZESSE); and the Jury Prize at the festival Politik im Freien Theater (for THE CIVIL WARS). THE CIVIL WARS has been elected as part of the »Netherland's and Flanders' best plays of 2014/15«.  In addition to his stage and film work he is a lecturer in direction, culture theory, and social sculpture at universities and art schools.


Production and realization
Production THE CIVIL WARS is a coproduction of IIPM – Institute of Political Murder with Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Bersschouwburg Brussels, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Kaserne Basel, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin and Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers Paris. With the support of Pro Helvetia
Realisation in cooperation with the Residenztheater