Milo Rau/IIPM [DE/CH]

Hate Radio

Hate Radio
Hate Radio

25.09 – 27.09.2014


In 2006, the Swiss director Milo Rau planned to make a performance about the genocide in Rwanda. For six months he did intensive research and wrote dozens of beginnings… but in the end cancelled the production as he considered it impossible to sum up something so incomprehensible in a performance.

Only in 2010, when he completed his film The Last Days of the Ceausescus, did he see a way of dealing with the Rwandan drama: just as the room in which the Ceausescus were executed became an allegory for the fall of communism, so the studio of hate radio Mille Collines became the place from which the truth of the genocide could be told. 

Based on real time broadcasts and authentic accounts, Milo Rau brings history very close to us.

• With his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Milo Rau makes films and theatre productions that combine art, history and politics. His work has been presented at the Beursschouwburg, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and the Avignon Festival. Hate Radio has been staged in fifteen countries and a TV documentary about the production has been made.


‘Never before have I felt history come so close… If you ever have the chance to go to one of Milo Rau’s performances I wholeheartedly recommend that you do so.’ – De Correspondent

text & direction Milo Rau | dramaturgy & conceptual management Jens Dietrich | set & costume design Anton Lukas | video Marcel Bächtiger | sound Jens Baudisch | cast (Live) Afazali Dewaele, Sébastien Foucault, Diogène Ntarindwa, Bwanga Pilipili; (Video) Estelle Marion, Nancy Nkusi | assistant director Mascha Euchner-Martinez | production management & dramaturgy Milena Kipfmüller | public relations Yven Augustin | scientific collaboration Eva-Maria Bertschy | corporate design Nina Wolters | web design Jonas Weissbrodt | academic counselling Marie-Soleil Frère, Assumpta Mugiraneza & Simone Schlindwein | casting Brussels/Geneva Sebastiâo Tadzio | casting Kigali Didacienne Nibagwire | production The International Institute of Political Murder - IIPM Berlin/Zürich with Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Beursschouwburg Brussel, migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Südpol Luzern, Verbrecher Verlag Berlin, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Ishyo Arts Centre Kigali | support Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF), Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz, Pro Helvetia - Schweizer Kultur-stiftung, (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 Brussel, 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 Ruanda) and the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Friede Springer Stiftung.

a House on fire co-production; with the support of the culture programme of the European Union
with the support of VISITBRUSSELS and the Brussels-Capital Region