Theatrical limits
door Elena Novakovits

A powerful game is gradually created on stage where seven children embody the central characters of a tragic story. An interactive game of roles illuminates the different perspectives of a cruel reality…! What are the limits between reality and stage?

How do you present a real event on stage? How do you present a real event through children’s eyes? Seven children on stage reproduce the life of Marc Dutroux, a child murderer who had stigmatized the Belgian society. A powerful game is gradually created on stage where the children-performers embody the central characters of this tragic story. An adult as conductor sets the limits… by defining and determining their actions. An interactive game of roles illuminates the different perspectives of a cruel reality. The cinematic techniques blend with the theatrical stage and a smart dialogue between the performers and the screen is developing. Notions of theatricality, reality, limitations function as the main axis.

As the time passes the children show their high acting skills. Their talent and their simplicity cannot leave anyone unaffected. What are the limits between reality and stage?  How political can a performance be?  Can we talk about exploitation of these young ages for sake of a successful spectacle? Milo Rau introduces the spectators in this hard event with consistency and dignity. But, above all a fertile dialogue opens with huge questions about the contemporary society… expressing our fears through the children’s innocence.

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