Performance: Breivik's Statement // Followed by a Public Conversation
Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:
By Milo Rau
Sunday 4 of November 2018 at 9:00 p.m. at Monnot Theatre, Beirut
The performance will be followed by a public conversation with Milo Rau, Lokman Slim & Nizar Saghieh, Moderated by Christoph Reuter
Performed in English, subtitled in Arabic
Tickets: 25.000 L.L.
Tickets are available through ihjoz.com and at the door
On April 17, 2012, the terrorist Anders B. Breivik addresses 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 multi-culturalism. His statements are banned from television and withheld from the public.
“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 Explanation 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)
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
French Translation: La Bâtie – Festival de Genève
Milo Rau was called by critics “the most influential“ (DIE ZEIT), “most awarded“ (Le Soir), “most interesting“ (De Standaard) or “most ambitious“ (The Guardian) artist of our time. He is the artistic director of the NTGent beginning in the season 2018/19. Since 2002, he has put out over 50 plays, films, books and actions. His productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals. Rau has received many honours, most recently the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted "Acting Director of the Year" in the critics' survey conducted by the Deutsche Bühne. Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a very productive writer.
Lokman Slim is a Beirut-based publisher, film-maker and political commentator. He co-directs also UMAM Documentation & Research.
Nizar Saghieh is lawyer engaged for social and human rights.
Christoph Reuter, born in 1968, is a reporter for Foreign Affairs at SPIEGEL. He has been reporting for decades on the crisis regions of the Islamic world - since 2011, especially from and about Syria. He is a studied Islamic scholar and speaks fluent Arabic. In addition to numerous award-winning reports, he published in 2015 the book "The Black Power" on the inner workings of the "Islamic State". Previously appeared: "My life is a weapon" (2002) about suicide bombers and, together with Susanne Fischer, "Café Bagdad" (2004) on everyday life in the contested Iraq.
Zoukak Sidewalks – The Festival 2018 is supported by: Drosos Foundation, AFAC – Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Sundance Institute, the Goethe Institute, the British Council, the French Institute – Paris, the French Institute – Lebanon, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Beirut Office, Salon Du Livre Francophone.