Milo Rau is a Swiss director and author living in Zurich and Berlin. Before working in theatre, he studied German Philology and Romance Languages in Berlin, Zurich and Paris Sorbonne. He also works as journalist, author, lecturer, essayist and political activist. He founded the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) and is currently working on his PHD of ‘Aesthetic of Reenactments’.
His work often features verbatim elements or reenactments of historical events, as in Die Letzten Tage der Ceausescus, an artistic reconstruction of the trial of Romanian dictators Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, performed at the festival d’Avignon. Hate Radio, a reenactment of an RTLM radio broadcast in Rwanda during the genocide, was performed in the Nachwuchsregie-Festival in Munich, as well as at the Berliner Theatertreffen. Other work includes Out of Focus (Maxim Gorki Theater), Montana (Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Rurich, City of Change Theater St. Gallen) and You Will Not Like What Comes After America (Theatherdiscounter Berlin). His Moscow Trials, dealing with Moscow’s attempts at quietening anti-regime voices, attracted much press attention when opened at the Sakharov Museum in 2013 and couldn’t be more relevant.
His latest re-enactment play brings to light Belgian soldiers having to fight in Syria and can be seen at LIFT 2014 London.