Theatre Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun

Schaubühne © Daniel Seiffert

Sun, 11.03.2018

G.D. Birla Sabhaghar Kolkata

29, Ashutosh Choudhury Avenue
Near Birla Mandir
700 019 Kolkata

by Milo Rau

With: Ursina Lardi, Consolate Sipérius

In recent months, the fate of refugees has overwhelmed the whole of Europe and there have probably been no intellectuals or politicians who have failed to declare their solidarity with the suffering of people from the Middle East and Africa. Images of the drowned on Mediterranean beaches or victims of civil war and disease in Central Africa: the crises and disasters of our time are ubiquitous in our Facebook timelines, on television and in the press. 
In Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun, Rau and his team journey to the political hot spots of our time: the Mediterranean routes of refugees from the Middle East and the Congolese civil war zones. The semi-documentary double-monologue, based on interviews with NGO workers, clerics and war victims in Africa and Europe, deliberately ventures into contradictory terrain: how do we endure the misery of others and why do we watch it? Why does one dead person at the gates of Europe outweigh thousand dead people in the Congolese civil war zones? »Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun« not only contemplates the limits of our compassion but also on the limits of European humanism.
In cooperation with the European Theatre Network PROSPERO (Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre National de Bretagne/Rennes, Théâtre de Liège, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Göteborgs Stadstheater, Croatian National Theatre/World Theatre Festival Zagreb, Athens & Epidaurus Festival).

Direction Milo Rau
Stage and Costume Design Anton Lukas
Video and Sound Design Marc Stephan
Dramaturgy Florian Borchmeyer
Research and Dramaturgy Collaboration Mirjam Knapp, Stefan Bläske
Lighting Design Erich Schneider

Duration: approx. 1h 45 (no intermission)
Performance Rights: schaefersphilippen Theater und Medien GbR
This performance is a part of the National School of Drama Theatre Olympics.

Milo Rau (Direction)

Born in Bern in 1977. Studied Sociology, German and Roman studies in Zurich, Berlin and Paris. Worked as a journalist for various papers and magazines, since 2000 for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since 2003 Rau has been working as freelance director and author. Founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) in 2007. Productions at the Hebbel am Ufer, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, the Wiener Festwochen and the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich among others. His productions include among others: »Die letzten Tage der Ceausescus« (Direction: Milo Rau and Simone Eisenring, 2009), »Hate Radio« (Hebbel am Ufer, 2011), »The Civil Wars« (Zürcher Theaterspektakel, 2014), »The Dark Ages« (Residenztheater Munich, 2015), »Das Kongo Tribunal« (Collège Alfajiri/Sophiensaele Berlin, 2015), »Five Easy pieces« (IIPM/Sophiensaele Berlin, 2016) and his latest production »Die 120 Tage von Sodom« (with the Theater HORA, Zurich, 2017). Rau has been invited to various national as well as international festivals, including the Festival d’Avingon (2010, 2013) and the Theatertreffen Berlin (2013, 2017).

At the Schaubühne:

- »Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun« by Milo Rau (2016)

- »Empire« by Milo Rau (2016)

- »LENIN« by Milo Rau and ensemble (2017)

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