06.01.23 08.01.23

The interrogation Edouard Louis & Milo Rau / NTGent & IIPM

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The first collaboration between bestselling author Édouard Louis and director Milo Rau results in a very personal text about doubting and failing.
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tickets

15 - 24 euros

general info

DUTCH spoken
Surtitles in ENG

estimated duration

65 mins

Louis and Rau have been friends for a long time, a friendship born out of their joint search for an art of the real. “The core of theatre is the same as in literature: to show what is difficult to show. Theatre should not be a safe place”, Louis wrote about Rau’s play Family.

With the performance The Interrogation, they present now a very personal text about doubting and failing. The play was written and staged by Louis and Rau in spring 2021, originally commissioned by Kunstenfestivaldesarts, IIPM & NTGent, but never premiered. Now it’s finally live to see. Performed by NTGent global ensemble actor Arne De Tremerie, The Interrogation  is a “demonstration for vulnerability”, a moment of poetic standstill.

Can we escape our biography through art, or is art only the record of a failed liberation? “It’s a deeply melancholic play, a fragmentary play, a tender play”, as Louis and Rau said in an interview – a constant exchange on theatre and reality, failing and transformation, fiction and truth, on becoming and being

"IT IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, IT IS PURE AND SIMPLE AND IT GOES TO THE BOTTOM (...) SUPERB"
Armelle Héliot - renowned French theatre journalist

BIO'S

✒ Édouard Louis has gained worldwide success in recent years with his books, in which he describes his life from his teenage years, his struggles in a small town in northern France and growing up as a young homosexual man. Theatre plays a crucial role in his life. Playing theatre himself brings him into contact with literature, but also teaches him how to survive through acting.

Milo Rau proves in projects like The Congo TribunalLa RepriseOrestes in MosulThe New Gospel or School of Resistance that theatre does not have to be detached from society but that it is a necessary contribution to politics, culture, and society – a place to tell true stories that shape our society.

"Every time, truth is a fight, because we live in a world of lies about poor people, about gay people, about what we experience"
Édouard Louis - The Guardian
credits

direction

Milo Rau

text

Edouard Louis, Milo Rau

dramaturgy

Carmen Hornbostel

direction assistant

Giacomo Bisordi, François Pacco (on tour)

technical direction

Jens Baudisch

light design

Dennis Diels, Ulrich Kellermann (on tour)

production management

Mascha Euchner-Martinez

translation

Erik Borgman, Kaatje De Geest

production

International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM)

coproduction

NTGent, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussel
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credits

direction

Milo Rau

text

Edouard Louis, Milo Rau

dramaturgy

Carmen Hornbostel

direction assistant

Giacomo Bisordi , François Pacco (on tour)

technical direction

Jens Baudisch

light design

Dennis Diels , Ulrich Kellermann (on tour)

production management

Mascha Euchner-Martinez

translation

Erik Borgman, Kaatje De Geest

production

International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM)

coproduction

NTGent, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussel

ON TOUR

Monday 06 March 2023
20u00
Lille (Théâtre du Nord)
Tuesday 07 March 2023
20u00
Lille (Théâtre du Nord)

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