The 10 Selected Productions
By Milo Rau
Premiere 1 December 2011 Hebbel am Ufer – HAU 2, Berlin
International Institute of Political Murder (Milo Rau, Jens Dietrich) / Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre / Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / Migros-Kulturprozent, Switzerland / Kunsthaus Bregenz / Schlachthaus Theater Bern / Beursschouwburg, Brussels / Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zurich / Kaserne Basel / Südpol Lucerne / Verbrecher Verlag Berlin / Ishyo Arts Centre Kigali
A look back at genocide. ‘Hate Radio’ is a re-enactment of a good hour’s broadcast from the studios of the Kigali radio station RTLM during the genocide of the Tutsis in April 1994. Pleasant announcers and cool music, punctuated by cheerful messages which include incitements to racist murder. All very relaxed and performed with great authenticity on the basis of original sources, interviews and court transcripts by five Rwandan/Belgian actors.
- approx. 2h, no interval
- French, Kinyarwanda (also Rwandan) with English and German surtitles
Beforehand and afterwards there are short statements by victims and perpetrators, but without any sense of pedagogy or claim to be informative. How can we bridge the gap between the present and the recent past? At best not at all. Instead the International Institute of Political Murder makes this productive. Milo Rau’s radical historical illusionism explicitly avoids seducing the audience into empathizing with the perpetrators and victims of that time or to understand them like in a classical Russian novel. The distance is preserved. Instead this historical theatre installation looks for confrontation: the juxtaposition of a reconstruction prepared behind glass like a terrarium with contemporary audiences. Here each member of the audience can answer the decisive question for themselves: How would we have reacted then to the massed charms of genocide?
Written and directed by Milo Rau
Dramaturgy and conceptual management Jens Dietrich
Equipment and costume design Anton Lukas
Video Marcel Bächtiger
Sound Jens Baudisch
Afazali Dewaele, Sébastien Foucault, Estelle Marion, Nancy Nkusi, Diogène Ntarindwa, Dorcy Rugamba and the voices of Thomas Bading and Sven Tjaben