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Milo Rau/ IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder Breivik's Statement

performance

Milo Rau/ IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder Breivik's Statement

performance extra muros
FR 28.03.2014 20:30 BE premiere

This performance is a reading of the defence statement delivered by the Norwegian far-right terrorist and mass murderer Anders B. Breivik on April 17, 2012 before the Oslo district court.

The killer of 77 people explains his crimes, professes his affinity with Al Qaida, the Swiss minaret ban and the National Socialist Underground in Germany. He outlines his theory of Europe’s demise in the face of immigration and multiculturalism. His statements are banned from television and withheld from the public. Actress Sascha Ö. Soydan speaks in the role of Anders B. Breivik.

After the performance actress Soydan, director Rau, activist Dyab Abou Jahjah and artist Kris Verdonck will debate the form and content of the event (a text - written by a murderer - is declaimed without irony on stage).

When you see and hear the presentation of a document like this in its entirety, before a staged public, you are suddenly amazed at its complexity, its fullness of meaning, its foreignness. Because what the public has to contend with in Breivik’s Statement is the constrictive, stringent illogicality of its argumentation – a right-wing nationalist common sense which is, of course, an open secret, one that is voiced again and again. (Milo Rau)

In German / English

Breivik's Statement takes place 'extra muros' (in the Brussels City Hall). We meet at 20:30 in Beursschouwburg and walk together to the city hall. Follow the guide!

DE, 2012, 70 min

Aftertalke with actress Sascha Ö. Soydan, director Milo Rau, activist Dyab Abou Jahjah and artist Kris Verdonck, moderated by Stefaan Meerbergen (Terzake - Canvas). In collaboration of Goethe-Institut Brüssel (50 min)

With: Sascha Ö. Soydan
Concept and direction: Milo Rau
Research: Tobias Rentzsch
Scenography: Anton Lukas
Video: Markus Tomsche
Sound: Jens Baudisch
Production: Mascha Euchner-Martinez

Thanks to The City of Brussels