Breivik's Statement

Breivik's Statement

MILO RAU (CH / DE) / IIPM – INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL MURDER

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In Breivik’s Statement, the Norwegian ultra-right terrorist and mass murderer Anders Breivik is allowed to speak. In this controversial performance, Milo Rau has staged the plea made by Breivik on 17 April 2012 in the court of Oslo.

In this plea, Breivik, who killed 77 people, explains his crime and pictures his theories about Europe’s decline due to immigration and multiculturalism. His explanations were deemed unsuitable for public broadcasting and have never been shown on television. The alienating character and the implications of the meaning of this documented text inspired Rau to present this as a whole to the audience. He challenges you to combat the narrow-mindedness and contradictions in Breivik’s argumentation. Rau has cast the actress Sacha Ö. Soydan in the role of Anders Breivik.

concept and direction Milo Rau with Sascha Ö. Soydan research Tobias Rentzsch scenography Anton Lukas video Markus Tomsche sound Jens Baudisch production Mascha Euchner-Martinez

Immediately after the performance, director Milo Rau, political scientist Merijn Oudenampsen and political philosopher Sid Lukkassen will discuss Breivik’s Statement.

Moderator: Natasja van den Berg.

Merijn Oudenampsen (1979) is a sociologist and political scientist. He is carrying out postgraduate research at Tilburg University into the intellectual background to the turn to the right in Dutch politics marked by the rise of Fortuyn. The breakthrough of right-wing populism in the Netherlands has been described predominately as an uprising fuelled by gut feeling. His thesis examines what is rising up in the popular mind. He was also a guest editor of the 20th edition of the magazine Open, De Populistische Verbeelding (Open, The Populist Imagination, 2010) and co-edited ‘Power to the people!’ Een anatomie van het populisme (An Anatomy of Populism, 2012). He writes regularly for publications de Groene Amsterdammer, Krisis, de Gids, de Helling and Socialisme & Democratie.

Sid Lukkassen (1987) studied history and philosophy. His postgraduate thesis tackled the subject of ‘democracy and its media’ at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where he has also taught. He made his debut in 2015 with his book Avondland en Identiteit (Occident and Identity) about how the interaction between Cultural Marxism and sexuality is resulting in an unequal society, with a foreword written by kindred spirit Thierry Baudet. In 2017 he published the collection of essays Levenslust en Doodsdrift (Lust for Life, Urge to Death) on the same themes. He has published in various media, including ThePostOnline and Elsevier, and is known for his appearances in TV programmes Buitenhof en Café Weltschmerz. Lukkassen is also a councillor for the VVD political party in the municipality Duiven.

Milo Rau (1977) is a Swiss theater director, journalist, essayist and lecturer. In 2007, he founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) which got soon internationally acclaimed for its unique, dense documentary form of political theatre with a special focus on multimedia adaptation of historical or social conflicts. Rau's theatrical works have been invited to some of the biggest national and international festivals including the Festival d’Avignon, the Berliner Theatertreffen, and the Kunstenfestival Brussels. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique recently named him one of Europe’s "most sought-after directors", with the German weekly Der Freitag describing him as “ the most controversial theatre director of his generation”. Since 2017 Rau is artistic director of NTGent.

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Milo Rau (1977) is a Swiss theater director, journalist, essayist and lecturer. In 2007, he founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) which got soon internationally acclaimed for its unique, dense documentary form of political theatre with a special focus on multimedia adaptation of historical or social conflicts. Rau's theatrical works have been invited to some of the biggest national and international festivals including the Festival d’Avignon, the Berliner Theatertreffen, and the Kunstenfestival Brussels. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique recently named him one of Europe’s "most sought-after directors", with the German weekly Der Freitag describing him as “ the most controversial theatre director of his generation”. Since 2017 Rau is artistic director of NTGent.

70 + 50 min