IIPM/Milo Rau (CH)


1 December h. 20.00
2 December 2018 h. 17.00

‘High-calibre political theatre’.
★★★★★’ De Theaterkrant


Hate Radio tells the story of RTLM/Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, a Rwandan radio station that played a crucial role in the genocide of the Tutsi minority in 1994, in which around 1 million people died.

The radio was the most powerful tool for violent propaganda. The operators of the radio station prepared for the genocide for months by integrating music, sports, political communiqués and outright incitements to murder into their programming.

Hate Radio focuses on the staging of an RTLM show by three ethnic Hutu extremists and the Belgian-Italian Georges Ruggiu, reconstructing the context philologically and staging survivors of the genocide itself. How does the process of affirming racist ideology work? How is it possible to purge the individual of his humanity?

Director Milo Rau’s work uses documents and direct testimony to answer these questions, letting people experience what happened in history first-hand.


c/o and in collaboration with
Olinda/TeatroLaCucina – Ex O.P. Paolo Pini – via Ippocrate, 45

Played in French and Kinyarwanda with Italian surtitles 


text and direction Milo Rau dramaturgy and conception Jens Dietrich scenes and costumes Anton Lukas
video Marcel Bächtiger sound Jens Baudisch with (live) Afazali Dewaele, Sébastien Foucault, Diogène Ntarindwa, Bwanga Pilipili; (video) Estelle Marion, Nancy Nkusi assistant director Mascha Euchner-Martinez executive production and dramaturgy assistant Milena Kipfmüller public-relation Yven Augustin documentation collaboration Eva-Maria Bertschy corporate design Nina Wolters web design Jonas Weissbrodt academic counselling Marie-Soleil Frère, Assumpta Mugiraneza & Simone Schlindwein Casting Bruxells/Geneva: Sebastiâo Tadzio Casting Kigali: Didacienne Nibagwire
HATE RADIO is a production by IIPM Berlin/Zürich with Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Beursschouwburg Brüssel, migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Südpol Luzern, Verbrecher Verlag Berlin, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Ishyo Arts Centre Kigali. Supported by von Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF), Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kultur-stiftung, Kulturelles.bl (Basel), Bildungs- und Kulturdepartement des Kantons Luzern, Amt für Kultur St. Gallen, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F. V. S., GGG Basel, Goethe- Institut Brüssel, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Brussels Airlines, Spacial Solutions, Commission Nationale de Lutte contre le Génocide (CNLG), Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED), Contact FM Kigali, IBUKA Rwanda (Dachorganisation der Opferverbände des Genozids in Rwanda) and the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Friede Springer Stiftung. 


Milo Rau is a theatre and film director, journalist and essayist. He studied sociology, philology and Romance and Germanic literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich, with mentors such as sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and philosopher Tzvetan Todorov. In 2007 he founded the production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). His shows and films have been presented in over twenty countries. In 2014 he received the Swiss Theatre Prize, the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden award for best radio drama (with “Hate Radio”), the jury prize at the Festival Politik im Freien Theater (with “The Civil Wars”) and the special jury prize at the German Film Festival (with “The Moscow Trials”). In 2015 he was awarded the important Konstanzer Konzilspreis prize and in 2016 the International Theatre Institute prize as part of World Theatre Day. His most performed works include “Last Days of the Ceausescus” (2009), a play/film tracing the farcical trial against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, “Hate Radio” (2011), about the role of the radio station RTLM in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, “The Civil Wars” (2014), which analyses the assumptions of insurgency and political engagement through the lived experience of actors on stage, “The Moscow Trials” and “The Zurich Trials” (2013), in which he experiments with the format of theatrical processes. Since 2017 he has been the artistic director of the NTGent theatre centre.

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