ITA on screen: La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)

ITA on screen

ITA on screen: La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)

IIPM / NTGent / Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles / Milo Rau


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ITA on screen: La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)
IIPM / NTGent / Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles / Milo Rau

After the success of the ITALive livestreams, we are expanding the offer with ITA on screen. Registrations of livestreams on the big screen in one of ITA's halls.

Liege, April 2012. Ihsane Jarfi, Muslim and gay, is tortured and murdered. The crime shakes the whole city. Milo Rau reconstructs the murder on stage.

'Stronger than a monument to the dead.' - Hassan Jarfi, the father of the victim.

Festival IDFA

ITA on screen

Run time 105 minutes
Genre Film
Language Dutch and French
Subtitles English

La Reprise - Histoire(s) du théâtre (I)

One night in April 2012, Ihsane Jarfi gets into a conversation with four young men on the corner of a street in front of a gay club in Liege. Two weeks later, he is found dead at the side of a forest. He was tortured for hours and violently murdered. The crime shakes the entire city.

Together with the four actors Sabri Saad El Hamus, Adil Laboudi, Sébastien Foucault and Kristien de Proost, warehouse worker Fabian Leenders and dog sitter Suzy Cocco, Milo Rau follows the trail of a terrible crime, in search of the fatal events and emotions of the tragic experience: loss and grief, lie and truth, disaster and fear, cruelty and terror. Professional and non-professional actors contemplate both highs and lows of life and put themselves in the shoes of the protagonists of a brutal murder case.

This creates a manifesto for a democratic "theater of the real. What is theater? What does emotion, presence, history mean on stage? What is tragedy? What events touch or hurt us, make us angry and drive our artistic commitment?

Histoire(s) du théâtre
La Reprise is the first part of the series Histoire(s) du théâtre: a performative investigation into humanity's oldest art form. In this first part, Rau and his team return to the fundamental problems of their artistic work over the past fifteen years: how to represent violence and traumatic events on stage? It is at once a search for the core of the fundamentally tragic "condition humaine," as a celebration of the power of theater.



'A masterful demonstration of what theatre can archive.'

The New York Times

'The production that dominated conversations.'

De Standaard

'A theatrical masterpiece.'


'A grandiose reconstruction of glistening beauty.'

The Guardian

'Extraordinarily mature, crystalline, engaging and compelling.'


After the success of the ITALive livestreams, we are expanding the offer with ITA on screen. Registrations of livestreams on the big screen in one of ITA's halls. In February, during Brandhaarden festival, Who Killed My Father and The End of Eddy were shown in the Rabozaal. This fall, in addition to La Reprise. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) by IIPM / NTGent / Milo Rau we will also be showing Mist by Nederlands Dans Theater 1 / Damien Jalet / Kohei Nawa / Rahi Rezvani, Le Tartuffe ou l'Hypocrite by Comédie-Française / Ivo van Hove and Ibsen House by the ITA ensemble / Simon Stone.

Milo Rau
Milo Rau

Milo Rau (1977) is not only a theatre maker, but also a filmmaker, sociologist, writer and journalist. Before he made his entrée into theatre, he spent years reporting from conflict areas such as Northern Iraq and Syria. In 2007, he founded the International Institute of Political Murder, which, in addition to theatrical productions, films, videos and performances, also publishes books and organises debates on social and political themes. In September 2018, Rau succeeded Johan Simons as the new director of NTGent.

"It's not just about representing the world anymore, it's about changing it." - Milo Rau

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concept and director Milo Rau
text Milo Rau, ensemble
research & drama-turgy Eva-Maria Bertschy
dramaturgic collaboration Stefan Bläske, Carmen Hornbostel
set & costume design An-ton Lukas
video Maxime Jennes, Dimitri Petrovic
light design Jurgen Kolb
sound design & technical director Jens Baudisch
production management Mascha Euchner-Martinez, Eva-Karen Tittmann
camera Maxime Jennes, Moritz von Dungern
technical staff on tour Jim Goossens-Bara, Maxime Jennes, Moritz von Dungern (camera); Sylvain Faye, Sebastian König (light); Pierre-Olivier Boulant, Jens Bau-disch (sound); François Pacco (ondertiteling); Mascha Euchner-Martinez (tour manager)

met Sara De Bosschere/Kristien de Proost, Suzy Cocco, Sébastien Foucault, Fabian Leenders, Johan Leysen/Sabri Saad El hamus, Tom Adjibi/Adil Laboudi

assistant director Carmen Horn-bostel
assistant dramaturg François Pacco
assistant set designer Patty Eggerickx
fight choreography Cédric Cerbara
vocal coaching Murielle Legrand
music arrangement Gil Mortio
public relations Yven Augustin
equipment Workshops and studios of the Théâtre National Wal-lonie-Bruxelles
background actor Mustapha Aboulkhir, Stef-an Bläske, Tom De Brabandere, Elise Deschambre, Thierry Duirat, Stéphane Gornikowski, Kevin Lerat, François Pacco, Daniel Roche de Oliveira, Laura Sterckx, Adrien Varsalona

“The Repetition” is a production by the International Institute of Political Mur-der (IIPM), Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles,
supported by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Kulturförderung Kanton St. Gallen,
in coproduction with Kunstenfesti-valdesarts, NTGent, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras Douai, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin, Théâtre de Liège, Münchner Kammerspiele, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt a. M., Theater Chur, Gessnerallee Zürich, Romaeuropa Festival. With the support of ESACT Liège.

livestream director Reinier Bruijne
creative producer Wouter van Ransbeek
executive producer Ulrike Bürger-Bruijs
operational production manager Peter Hazenberg
system technician Alex de Gier, Michiel Overeem
assistant director Wendy Tames
camera technician Dennis van Tol
camera assistant Lisanne Boon
1st camera Marjolein Hoitinga
camera Wim Adam
camera Marijn Zurburg
shader Lennert Prins
production manager Edith den Hamer
technical director Reyer Meeter
technical manager Rick Lautenschutz, Joost Verlinden
sound engineers Chris Tijsmans, Emile Bleeker, Sebastiaan Kouwets
light engineers Dennis van Scheppingen, Wannes Klop
flybar operator Michel Smouter
carpenters Boy van Maasakker, Manon van Nouland, Jacolien Honders
subtitles & translation Erik Borgman
communication Natasa Cvjetkovic


IDFA stands for the power of creative documentary. Documentaries that can connect, inspire and excite. Documentaries that expand the view of ourselves, the environment and the world around us. During this edition of the festival, ITA hosts daily screenings of documentaries and special performances.

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