Milo Rau/IIPM (DE, CH)

What do you mean, escape? What homeland? What will the face of the new Europe look like? As a conclusion to the European trilogy, a three-year confrontation with the myth and reality of Europe, “Empire” presents biographical close-ups of people who came to Europe as refugees or have their home on its borders. The actresses Akillas Karazissis from Greece and Rami Khalaf from Syria, the Kurdish artist Ramo Ali and the actress Maia Morgenstern from Romania, internationally known as Mother of God in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, tell of artistic and true tragedy, of torture, flight, grief, death and rebirth – and thus of a Europe between ancient myth and imperial presence. What happens to people who have lost their belongings or their homeland through crises and war? An intimate yet epic portrait of a continent whose past is often broken and whose future is uncertain. “Empire” describes Europe as a mythical and real-political empire, the European as the bearer of ancient traditions and as an eternal homo migrans.

Milo Rau, Gründer des IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder – is currently one of Europe’s most sought-after directors; his productions are touring the world. He was honoured with the Swiss Theatre Prize, the ITI Prize for World Theatre Day, the 3-Sat Prize, the Peter Weiss Prize, the Radio Play Prize of the War Blind and the Saarbrücken Poetics Lectureship for Drama. As the successor of Johan Simons, Rau will be the artistic director of the National Theatre in Ghent from the 2018/19 season.

Arabic, French, Greek, Kurdish and Romanian, with German surtitles | Audience discussion on September 18 | Event during the 28th Intercultural Days Dresden

Duration: 2 hours, without break

Concept, text and direction: Milo Rau
Text and game: Ramo Ali, Akillas Karazissis, Rami Khalaf and Maia Morgenstern
Music: Eleni Karaindrou Dramaturgy and research: Stefan Bläske, Mirjam Knapp Stage and costumes: Anton Lukas
Video: Marc Stephan
Sound and sound design: Jens Baudisch Technology: Aymrik Pech
Assistant director: Anna Königshofer
Equipment assistant: Sarah Hoemske
Internship as a director:
Laura punch
Dramaturgy observance: Marie Roth, Riccardo Raschi
Subtitling IIPM (Translation): Mirjam Knapp

On tour:
Structure, Light: Aymrik Pech, Jurgen Kolb
Sound, video: Jens Baudisch, Sebastian King
Subtitles: Raman Khalaf Production management: Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann

A production of IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder. In co-production with Zürcher Theater Spektakel, der Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin und dem steirischen herbst festival Graz. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Pro Helvetia und Migros-Kulturprozent. Supported by Kulturförderung Kanton St. Gallen und des Schauspielhaus Graz.

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

The guest performance is supported by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministries of Culture and the Arts of the Länder.