The stage is transformed into a studio where a documentary reenactment of the Dutroux affair is being filmed live and in full view.
An equivocal, somewhat troubled coach is responsible for casting the Flemish children chosen to play all the characters in the case—victims, parents, police officers and other people linked to the events.
After questioning them about their tastes and identity, he is also the one who introduces them to acting and directs them in front of the camera throughout the performance.
Apart from providing details about the crimes, from the murderer’s childhood in Burundi, at the height of the Congo
Crisis, to the funeral of his last victim, Swiss director, Milo Rau, who specialises in thorny, subversive dramatic investigations, explores the history of Belgium from the 1960s onwards.
Far from being put off by the serious subject matter, and despite showing it all due respect, this production and its budding actors do not refrain from some essential moments of comic relief and several upbeat musical numbers.
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Milo RauText & performance
Rachel Dedain, Maurice Leerman, Pepijn Loobuyck, Willem Loobuyck, Polly Persyn, Peter Seynaeve, Elle Liza Tayou & Winne VanackerPerformance film
Sara De Bosschere, Pieter-Jan De Wyngaert, Johan Leysen, Peter Seynaeve, Jan Steen, Ans Van den Eede, Annabelle Van NieuwenhuyseDramaturgy
Stefan BläskeDirection assistant & performance coach
Mirjam Knapp & Dries DouibiSet & costume design
Anton LukasVideo & sound design
Sam VerhaertChild care & production assistant
Ted OonkMusic coach
Herlinde GhekiereVoice articulation coach
Françoise VanheckeRealisation scenography
Piet Depoortere & Bram Geldhof
Alexander Van WaesSound video
Henk RabauProduction management
Wim Clapdorp, Mascha Euchner-Martinez & Eva-Karen TittmannTour management
Leen De BroeSales management
CAMPO & IIPMCoproduction
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 executive.
CAMPO is supported by the Flemish Government, The Province of East Flanders & The City of Ghent.
© Phile Deprez