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National Premiere / Coproduction REF22

Teatro Argentina
September 29th - 30th 2022
theatre - theatre

NTGent / Milo Rau

Grief & Beauty

The collaborative exchange between Romaeuropa Festival and the great Swiss director Milo Rau – today at the helm of NTGent in Belgium – continues with this presentation of the second part of a new trilogy, dedicated to the story of private life and inaugurated in 2020 with the show Familie.  Grief & Beauty sets out to address the issues of farewell, mourning and death, but also those of memory and solidarity in the face of the final moments of existence. Four actresses and actors talk with a woman who has decided to end her life with euthanasia. They share their personal stories of farewell and rebirth, love and art, memory and oblivion. How do we speak about death while we are alive? And what is the end for us? How can we suffer and disappear? Rau gives life to another controversial, radical and at the same time poetic and tender production, able to stretch itself to the limit of what can be represented on the stage, yet, at the same time, also able to transcend reality, in order to address our universal human fragility and, ultimately, its beauty.


Milo Rau | Born in 1977 in Bern, Switzerland, is a director and author. He has been the artistic director at NTGent in Belgium since the 2018/19 season. Critics have called him, among other things, the ‘most influential’ (Die Zeit), ‘most controversial’ (La Repubblica), ‘most scandalous’ (New York Times) and ‘most ambitious’ (The Guardian) artist of our time. His output since 2002 encompasses over fifty plays, films, books and initiatives. Rau has been honoured with many awards, such as the Europe Theatre Prize for his lifetime achievement. His most recent film, “The New Gospel” was awarded the Swiss Film Prize for the best documentary 2021. Alongside his activity as a director, Rau is also a television critic and lecturer.


Direction: Milo Rau
Text: Milo Rau & Ensemble
Performance: Arne De Tremerie, Anne Deylgat, Princess Isatu Hassan Bangura, Gustaaf Smans, Johanna B. (in video)
Dramaturgy: Carmen Hornbostel
Coach & Dramaturgical Collaborator: Peter Seynaeve
Set & Custume Design: Barbara Vandendriessche
Composition: Elia Rediger
Live Music:  Clémence Clarysse
Camera & Video Design: Moritz Von Dungern
Light Design: Dennis Diels
Director’s Assistant: Katelijne Laevens
Technical Production Management: Oliver Houttekiet
Production Menagement: Greet Prové

Production Credits

Grief & Beauty is a production of NTGent in coproduction with Tandem Sce?ne Nationale Arras- Douai, Ku?nstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Romaeuropa Festival / Teatro Nazionale di Genova

Premiere: 22 settembre 2021 at NTGENT

Photo: Michiel Devijver