Five Easy Pieces

Conceived, written and directed by

Milo Rau / CAMPO / IIPM

Five Easy Pieces

© Phile Deprez

At CAMPO arts centre in Ghent (Belgium), and following experiments by Tim Etchells, Gob Squad and Philippe Quesne, Milo Rau has created a show for adults that is performed by children (aged 8 to 13). Produced together with CAMPO, Five Easy Pieces focuses on a traumatic and taboo episode in Belgian contemporary history: the life and crimes of paedophile and murderer Marc Dutroux. Beyond this sordid case, this episode is a focal point for questions troubling Belgian society: the colonial past in the Congo, the mining crisis, the corruption of the ruling classes and the revolt of civil society. With Five Easy Pieces, (title borrowed from Stravinsky’s compositions to teach his children the piano), Milo Rau asks the fundamental questions of theatre: what does it mean to play a role, to imitate, to feel, and to narrate? And how do you involve children in adult theatre? What does an adult audience feel when watching a performance of children behaving like them? Five Easy Pieces is a “negative education of the heart”: the young performers reproduce five vignettes of adult life, without necessarily understanding their full emotional and existential motivations. Through this experimentation, Milo Rau re-examines the forms that have built his reputation as a director (reconstruction, classical tragedy and the direction of actors), while mixing moral and political questions with these directly aesthetic considerations. Far from any naive idealism, this show strikes at the taboos of our societies: it is a directly theatrical way to confront our fears.

10-19 March 2017
Conceived, written and directed by

Milo Rau

Devised with the Cast

Rachel Dedain, Maurice Leerman, Pepijn Loobuyck, Willem Loobuyck, Polly Persyn, Peter Seynaeve, Elle Liza Tayou, Winne Vanacker

Film cast

Sara De Bosschere, Pieter-Jan De Wyngaert, Johan Leysen, Peter Seynaeve, Jan Steen, Ans Van den Eede, Hendrik Van Doorn, Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse


Stefan Bläske

Assistant Director / Performance Coach

Peter Seynaeve


Mirjam Knapp, Dries Douibi

Set and costumes

Anton Lukas

Child Supervision and Production Officer

Ted Oonk

Performance times

Friday 8:30pm

Saturday 6:30pm

Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

1 hour 30 minutes


Grande salle


In Dutch with French surtitles

Premiere 14 May 2016 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles.