Photo: Phile Deprez
“A performance that proves that distanced emotion is stronger than pathos. This is grand theatre, human, sensitive, intelligent and political.”
— Christian Jade, RTBF.be
A provocative, groundbreaking performance that probes the limits of what children know, feel, and do
Five Easy Pieces is a profound, funny and confrontational experience that blends realism and brutality, probing the limits of what children know, feel, and do and initiating them in the emotional and political absurdities of the adult world. Using performers aged under 13, and the biography of the country’s most notorious criminal, child killer Marc Dutroux, the performance sketches a brief history of Belgium and reflects on the (re)presentation of human feelings on stage.
In five simple exercises, short scenes and monologues, the young actors sneak into different roles – a police officer, Dutroux’s father, one of the victims, the parents of a dead girl – in re-enactments they’ve rehearsed with adult actors: a visit to the scene of the crime, a funeral, a moment in the life of Dutroux’s father. At times funny, at times deeply disturbing, these scenes unfold against a projected backdrop of moments from Belgium’s history, from Congo’s declaration of independence to the 1998 “White March” against corruption. Aesthetic and theatrical questions blend with moral issues: How can children understand the real significance of empathy, loss, old age, disappointment, or rebellion? What does it mean for adults to observe them in these scenes? And what does it say about our own fears, desires and taboos?
After touring to international popular acclaim, Five Easy Pieces premieres this year in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Prix de la critique théâtre et danse 2016 – Special juryprize (Milo Rau)
Selection Theatertreffen 2017
3-sat award 2017 (Milo Rau, Five Easy Pieces)
Selection Dutch Theatre Festival 2017
Selection Belgian Theatre Festival 2017
Date & Time:
31 October–2 November 2018 (Wednesday to Friday) 8:00pm
3 November 2018 (Saturday) 3:00pm
Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Presented in Dutch with Chinese and English surtitles
Tickets: $380, $280, $200
Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above and full-time students (limited discount tickets available on a first come, first served basis), as well as people with disabilities and their accompanying minders.
15% discount for HKRep Pals.
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This programme contains scenes about violence
Recommended for ages 12 and above
Concept / Text / Direction: Milo Rau
Text / Cast: Aimone De Zordo, Fons Dumontm, Arno John Keys, Blanche Ghyssaert, Lucia Redondo, Pepijn Siddiki, Eva Luna Van Hijfte, Peter Seynaeve
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
Production Assistant: Ted Oonk
Child Care: Valentine Galeyn
Research: Mirjam Knapp, Dries Douibi
Set & Costume Design: Anton Lukas
Supported by The Flemish Government, The Province of East Flanders & The City of Ghent
Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, Pro Helvetia, GGG Basel, Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL (Basel)
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
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