Theatre Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun. By Milo Rau

Compassion. The History of the Machine Gun © Daniel Seiffert & Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan © Daniel Seiffert & Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 20:30

National School of Drama

New Delhi

National School of Drama presents the 8th Theatre Olympics 2018

Duration: ca. 1h 45 (no intermission)

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The 8th Theatre Olympics 2018 will be held in India from 17th February to 8th April 2018 showcasing outstanding productions. The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is Flag of Friendship.
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, Milo 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 the limits of European humanism.
Direction: Milo Rau | With: Ursina Lardi, Consolate Sipérius | 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

Milo Rau © Hannes Schmid © Hannes Schmid

Milo Rau

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 (llPM) 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« (College Alfajiri/Sophiensaele Berlin, 2015), »Five Easy pieces« (llPM/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 weil 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)
Schaubühne Berlin
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