Milo Rau | Schauspielhaus Zürich | Theater HORA (Zurich)


29.10. 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm

30.10. 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Münchner Kammerspiele Kammer2


Entrance € 19,00 | Reduced € 6,00


German premiere | Artist talk after the performance on Oct 30, moderated by Christoph Gurk (Münchner Kammerspiele)


Swiss German and Standard German with English supertitles

Once again this Swiss director poses sensitive questions in THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, a much-discussed production that celebrated its premiere at Schauspielhaus Zürich. Can one bring the presumably most controversial work in the history of film to the stage with physically challenged actors? Youths are being kidnapped in an Alpine republic and tortured to death in an orgy of violence by representatives of a Fascist regime that is collapsing. In free association, Milo Rau places this material in the present – a post-modern feudalism that switches between hedonism and the fear of the downfall, normalization mania, and the petit bourgeois’ desire for scandals. This poses fundamental social and artistic questions: What is power? What is voyeurism? What about the dignity of life? What is normal, what is abnormal? Where does pain end – and where does redemption begin?

Please note:
At CROSSING OCEANS there will be a live-stream of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY by Milo Rau | IIPM.



Milo Rau with inspiration by motives in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s and Donatien Alphonse François de Sade’s work Script and Direction Milo Rau Stage and Costume Design Anton Lukas Video Kevin Graber Lighting Christoph Kunz Dramaturgy Stefan Bläske, Gwendolyne Melchinger Research and Assistant Dramaturge Rolf Bossart, Mirjam Knapp With Noha Badir, Remo Beuggert, Gianni Blumer, Matthias Brücker, Nikolai Gralak, Matthias Grandjean, Julia Häusermann, Sara Hess, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet, Michael Neuenschwander, Matthias Neukirch, Tiziana Pagliaro, Nora Tosconi and Fabienne Villiger

Artistic Director Theater HORA Michael Elber Support and Costume Theater HORA Conny Marinucci Support and Make-up Theater HORA Irena Nay Support Theater HORA Judith Luif Live-Video Joerg Hurschler Directors Assistant Manon Pfrunder Stage Manager Michae Durrer Prompter Katja Weppler Tour Manager Seraina Bozzone Technical Director Carsten Grigo Stage Constantino Martinez Light Benjamin Wenger Sound Joaquin Rivas Video Robi Voigt Props Jarek Awgulewicz Dress Nicole Jaggi Make-up Alexandra Scherrer International guest performances Barbara Suthoff English Surtitles SUBTEXT, Dòra Kapusta


Milo Rau (b. 1977) studied sociology, German, and Romance studies. He has been working as a director and an author since 2003. For the production and evaluation of his artistic work Rau founded the theater and film production company IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in 2007. His theater productions and films have toured through more than 13 countries and have been invited to important national and international festivals. Milo Rau is the recipient of many honors, most recently the lectureship in poetic drama in Saarbrucken in 2017, and the ITI Award at World Theater Day in 2016. Rau is, following the theater artists Frank Castorf; Pina Bausch; George Tabori; Heiner Goebbels; and Christoph Marthaler, up until now the youngest winner of this renowned theater award. In 2016, FIVE EASY PIECES became the first foreign production to receive the Belgian Theatre Critics' Award. In addition to his work in theater and film, he is a lecturer in direction, culture theory, and social sculpture at universities and art schools. Milo Rau's most recent performances at SPIELART were in 2015, with the productions THE CIVIL WARS and THE DARK AGES.


Production and realization
Production a cooperation between Schauspielhaus Zurich and Theater HORA Execution in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele Supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Federal Cultural Foundation (tbc).