20 to 22 September 2012

IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder


“It is an eerie evening. A breathtaking change of perspective happens here as is only possible in theatre. Thus theatre is not a mere means of transport for documentary material, but it itself as a medium becomes the place of enlightenment.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

The theatre sensation HATE RADIO will be starting the new season at brut. After the worldwide successes of theatre tours in Rwanda, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, for example, HATE RADIO was invited to the 2012 theatre festival in Berlin and is now having its first guest performance in Vienna.

In the months of April, May and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 members of the Tutsi minority as well as thousands of centrist Hutu were murdered in the Central African state of Rwanda. The means were extremely simple – machetes, clubs, a few guns. Yet probably the most important instrument of the genocide was the “Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines” (RTLM). If you had looked for a simple and effective target in order to prevent the genocide in Rwanda, wrote US-American journalist Philip Gourevitch, the radio station RTLM would have been a good start. With incredible cynicism, employees at the popular station had prepared the genocide for months, just like an advertising campaign. The programme consisted of pop music, exciting sports broadcasts, political commentaries and calls for murder of unsurpassable contempt. In the studio’s few square metres, the grooves of the most up-to-date Congolese bands and the most aggressive race baiting combined here into a dark laboratory of racist ideology. The project HATE RADIO puts RTLM back on the air, broadcasting from a true reproduction of the studio. HATE RADIO focuses on the re-enactment of a RTLM broadcast and its moderators – three extreme Hutu and the white Italian-Belgian Georges Ruggiu. A scenic installation reconstructed from documents and eyewitness accounts allows the audience to sense and re-experience how racism functions and how humans are denied their humanity.

Audience talks following all the events:
20 September with Robert Misik (journalist and publicist)
21 September with Eva Kernbauer (art historian, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
22 September with the foreign news desk of “profil” magazine

With Afazali Dewaele, Sébastien Foucault, Estelle Marion, Nancy Nkusi and Diogène Ntarindwa (Atome) Script and direction Milo Rau Dramaturgy and conceptual management Jens Dietrich Stage and costume design Anton Lukas Sound design Jens Baudisch Dramaturgical co-operation and production design Milena Kipfmüller Video Marcel Bächtiger Public relations Yven Augustin Assistant director Mascha Euchner Martinez Sound design consultant Peter Göhler Scientific advisor Eva Bertschy Lighting design video Brussels Abdeltife Mouhssin Corporate design Nina Wolters Web design Jonas Weissbrodt Project documentation Lennart Laberenz (film), Daniel Seiffert (photography) Professional advisors Assumpta Muginareza, Simone Schlindwein, Marie-Soleil Frère Casting Brussels Sebastiâo Tadzio Casting Kigali Didacienne Nibagwire

HATE RADIO is a co-operation of the IIPM Berlin/Zurich with Migros-Kulturprozent Switzerland, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Beursschouwburg Brussels, migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zurich, Kaserne Basel, Südpol Luzerne, Verbrecher Verlag Berlin, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Ishyo Arts Centre Kigali. With the support of the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin (HKF), Migros-Kulturprozent Switzerland, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Basel, Department for Education and Culture of the canton of Luzerne, Bureau of Culture St. Gallen, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Bureau of Culture of the canton of Bern, Alfred Toepfer Foundation F. V. S., GGG Basel, Goethe-Institute Brussels, Goethe-Institute Johannesburg, Brussels Airlines, Spacial Solutions, Commission Nationale de Lutte contre le Génocide (CNLG), German Development Service (DED), Contact FM Kigali, IBUKA Rwanda (umbrella organization of the victims’ organizations of the Rwanda genocide), Bern University of the Arts (HKB), Friede Springer Foundation. Guest performance in Vienna with the kind support of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. HATE RADIO is presented as a part of the project House on Fire with the kind support of the cultural programme of the European Commission.

€ 14/€ 8/€ 6* with the brutkarte

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