Five easy pieces / Milo Rau

About performance

Duration: 90 minutes

Is it possible – and with which means – to perform the life of child killer Marc Dutroux with children? Swiss theatre director Milo Rau and his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) have conquered the biggest international stages in recent years with their matchless political theatre. Their works are based on testimonies and reconstructions of true stories and mercilessly break through the taboos of our age. Together with the CAMPO arts centre from Ghent, they have set up an ambitious project involving children and teenagers, now between 11 and 15 years old. Rau uses the biography of the country’s most notoriously shameful criminal to sketch a brief history of Belgium and to reflect on the (re)presentation of human feelings on stage.

Five Easy Pieces probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do. Purely aesthetic and theatrical questions blend together with moral issues: How can children understand the real significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, disappointment, or rebellion? How do we react if we see them acting out scenes of violence or love and romance? In particular, what does that say about our own fears and desires? This makes for a confrontational experience.

Production CAMPO & IIPM 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 executive production CAMPO
CAMPO is supported by The Flemish Government, The Province of East Flanders & The City of Ghent.


  • Concept, text & direction — Milo Rau
  • Text & performance — Aimone De Zordo, Fons Dumont, Arno John Keys, Blanche Ghyssaert, Lucia Redondo, Peter Seynaeve/ Hendrik Van Doorn, Pepijn Siddiki & Eva Luna Van Hijfte
  • 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
  • Research — Mirjam Knapp & Dries Douibi
  • Set & costume designer — Anton Lukas
  • Video & sound design — Sam Verhaert
  • Production assistant — Ted Oonk
  • Music coach — Herlinde Ghekiere
  • Voice articulation coach — Françoise Vanhecke
  • Realization scenography — Ian Kesteleyn
  • Technical — Bart Huybrechts, Bram Geldhof, Korneel Coessens & Piet Depoortere
  • Second camera — Alexander Van Waes
  • Video sound — Henk Rabau
  • Production management — Wim Clapdorp, Mascha Euchner-Martinez & Eva-Karen Tittmann
  • Tour management — Leen De Broe
  • Sales management — Marijke Vandersmissen
  • Сhild care — Valentine Galeyn