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The Civil Wars - Milo Rau/International Institute of Political Murder

In The Civil Wars, the question "In what times are we living today?" led the investigation back to the actors’ own biographies. Milo Rau plunged into the cosiness of family relationships, asking questions about the influence of political currents on life choices. The performers’ stories about their school enrolment, about bathing trips and family celebrations do not sketch biographies but rather conjure up a tableau vivant of recent European history. Milo Rau juxtaposes this with the desires and energetic visions of young fighters who have left their parents’ home. In a touchingly direct and persuasive manner, The Civil Wars expounds how, paradoxically, it is not the striving for major upheavals in the world but rather a yearning for emotional security that triggers their clandestine departure.
The Civil Wars is the first part of the European Trilogy by Milo Rau. The last works by the successful International Institute of Political Murder shown in Vienna were Hate Radio and Breiviks Erklärung (Breivik’s Explanation). In 2013, a video presentation of his project Die Moskauer Prozesse (The Moscow Trials) marked the last participation of Milo Rau at Wiener Festwochen.

Concept developer, author and director Milo Rau Authors and performers Karim Bel Kacem, Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, Johan Leysen Research and dramaturgy Eva-Maria Bertschy Stage and costume design Anton Lukas Camera and video Marc Stephan Sound Jens Baudisch Lighting design Bruno Gilbert, Abdeltife Mouhssin, Aymrik Pech Assistant director Mirjam Knapp Research, translation and transcription Aurélie Di Marino Production managers Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann

Guest performance. A Production by Milo Rau/IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder, Berlin, Zurich, Cologne. In Coproduction with KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Kaserne Basel, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, La Bâtie Genève. With the support of City of Zurich – Cultural Affairs, Pro Helvetia, Zurich, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Zug, Migros Kulturprozent, Zurich,, Canton of St. Gallen, Paul Schiller Foundation, Lachen, GGG Basel.

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