Milo RAU

  • Born 1977 in Bern, Switzerland
  • Based in Berlin, Germany


  • Founded in 2008
  • Photo: Thomas Mueller

Director, playwright, film director, and journalist, Milo Rau has led the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) since 2007. IIPM’s approach is to carefully investigate terrible incidents or historical events that occurred in reality, and to reconstruct them on the stage. As well as being a kind of accusatory re-enactment, their many works––woven together from sources such as testimony from both assailant and victim, and contemporary media and records––have a clearly designed political condemnation and aesthetic force which draw the audience in physically and mentally, inspiring discussion as well as a sense of revulsion.

The work to be staged for Aichi Triennale 2019 is the product of CAMPO (a theater in Ghent, Belgium) inviting Rau to create a piece with local children as the cast. This work concerns a case of the confinement and murder of a young girl that shook Belgian society in the 90s. The performance violently shakes the emotions of the audience, as children “re-enact” documents relating to the perpetrator and victim of this crime.

Selected Works & Awards

National Dutch Theatre Festival, the Netherlands, Final Selection
Het Theaterfestival, Belgium, Final Selection
Theatertreffen Festival 2017, Berlin, Germany, 3-sat award
Theater Heute, Germany, Award for Best production, Best dramaturge
Mess Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Golden Laurel Wreath for Best Performance, Golden Laurel Wreath for Best Director, Audience Award for Best Performance, Critics Award
Premio Ubu, Italy, 2016/2017 Best foreign performance
Theater and Dance Critics Award, Belgium, Special juryprize
Five Easy Pieces, KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS, Brussels, Belgium
  • Five Easy Pieces, 2016, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photo: Phile Deprez
  • Courtesy of IIPM