03.05.202420:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOL
04.05.202420:00KVS, BrusselsKVS BOL
Louis and Rau are long-time friends, a friendship which arose from their shared search for an art of reality. “The existential core of theatre is the same as that of literature: to show what is difficult to show. Theatre should not be a safe space,” Louis wrote about Rau’s play Familie.
With The Interrogation, Rau and Louis present a very personal text about doubt and failure. The play was written in the spring of 2021, at the time commissioned by Kunstenfestivaldesarts, IIPM & NTGent, but it never premiered. Now, it finally takes to the stage. Performed by NTGent ensemble actor Arne De Tremerie, The Interrogation is a ‘demonstration of vulnerability’, a moment of poetic stillness.
Can art help us escape our biography, or is art merely a reflection of a failed escape? “It’s a deeply melancholic play, a fragmentary play, a tender play,” said Louis and Rau in an interview – a constant exchange of thoughts about theatre and reality, failure and transformation, fiction and truth, about becoming and being.
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 Tribunal, La Reprise, Orestes in Mosul, The 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.'