Grief and Beauty
How do we perceive death, during and at the end of our lives? How do we accompany someone in their final moments? How do we mourn and say goodbye? What is left, at the end of a life?
Start time: 8PM
Duration: 90 min
Language: Dutch and English
Dutch text is provided with English surtitles
'A universal tale of life and death, and how one springs naturally from the other.'
de Volkskrant ★★★★★
-|- 'In Grief and Beauty, Milo Rau shows how life and death are imbued with everyday grief and beauty.'
In their new performance, Milo Rau and his team tackle a theme that has been central to his work for years: the issues of parting, mourning and death, but also of memory and solidarity in the face of the end of life. Four actresses and actors accompany a woman who chooses euthanasia. They tell their most personal stories about death and rebirth, art and love, memory and oblivion. A radical and tender performance that pushes the boundaries of what theater can portray.
-|- In the first part of his Trilogy of Private Life - Family (2020) - Milo Rau used the collective suicide of a family to show Western society on the brink of collapse. Except for the terrible ending, there was nothing on stage but an ordinary evening: a study of the small things, the beauty and banality of everyday life. With Grief & Beauty, Milo Rau continues his study of the private: We look into an ordinary apartment, an experimental space in which the actresses and actors deal with the most incomprehensible of all lives, the end, with the limitations of representing death, with mourning, and with beauty.
"For in this shared and yet solitary contemplation, in this talking and listening, something emerges that could be called the beauty of shared concern, the beauty of listening."
- Milo Rau
cast Arne De Tremerie, Anne Deylgat, Princess Isatu Hassan Bangura and Staf Smans
direction Milo Rau
dramaturgy Carmen Hornbostel
dramaturge & acting coach Peter Seynaeve
live music Clémence Clarysse
composer Elia Rediger
set and costume design Barbara Vandendriessche
light design Dennis Diels
camera & video design Moritz von Dungern
direction assistant Katelijne Laevens
production management Greet Prové
technical production management Oliver Houttekiet
stage manager Marijn Vlaeminck
light technique Geert De Rodder
video technique Stijn Pauwels, Predrag Momcilovic
sound technique Bart Meeusen, Frederik Vanslembrouck
internship direction assistant Julien Coene
internship dramaturgy Ezra Koppejan
coproducer Tandem Scène Nationale Arras-Douai, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Romeeuropa Festival
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