Familie | NTGent
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Familie Milo Rau / NTGent

Familie Bijgeknipt Web C Michiel Devijver Michiel Devijver
In 2007 in Calais, a whole family hanged themselves: the parents and their two children. Never a motive was found, the suicide note stated: "We messed up, sorry."
practical

tickets

€ 15 - 28

general info

Dutch spoken
English surtitled


This performance is not suitable for people under the age of 16. It may contain offensive scenes. Do you have questions on suicide and do you want to talk about it? Call the free number 1813.

estimated duration

1h20

What reasons, what traumas underlie such a suicide? In Family, the first part of Milo Rau's Trilogy of Private Life, we see a real family on stage: actors An Miller and Filip Peeters do not only act together as a couple, but for the first time in their career they are on stage with their two teenage daughters Leonce and Louisa – and their dogs. 
 
Family is an experiment, an ethnological study of today’s private life, an exhibition of the everyday: on stage we see the house of the family Demeester – or is it the house of the family Peeters/Miller? Together they reconstruct the mysterious case of the family Demesteer, following the journey of their own family, questioning the construction of family as the cell of life and origin of our world today. 

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‘An unnerving and hearthbreaking celebration of the ordinary. A dark, secular mass’
The Guardian

Fiction and reality mix, as we see on stage an evening like many in families – only that it is the last one. We watch a family while they eat, shower, learn English, watch videos. We see them talking about everyday things, making phone calls, listening to music, cleaning up the apartment, remembering moments of their lives. And in this exhibition of the normal, the big questions arise: Why are we here? Why am I here? And wouldn't it be better if we would disappear?



‘Rau hits presciently close to home’
The New York Times


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credits

with

An Miller, Filip Peeters, Leonce Peeters, Louisa Peeters

direction

Milo Rau

dramaturgy & research

Carmen Hornbostel

assistance dramaturgy

Eline Banken

set & costume design

Anton Lukas, Louisa Peeters

light design

Dennis Diels

coach

Peter Seynaeve

musical arrangement

Saskia Venegas Aernouts

production

NTGent

coproduction

Romaeuropa Festival, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Théâtre de Liège, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Scène Nationale d'Albi

with support of

Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid
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credits

with

An Miller , Filip Peeters , Leonce Peeters , Louisa Peeters

direction

Milo Rau

dramaturgy & research

Carmen Hornbostel

assistance dramaturgy

Eline Banken

set & costume design

Anton Lukas, Louisa Peeters

light design

Dennis Diels

coach

Peter Seynaeve

musical arrangement

Saskia Venegas Aernouts

production

NTGent

coproduction

Romaeuropa Festival, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Théâtre de Liège, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Scène Nationale d'Albi

with support of

Tax Shelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid
practical

tickets

€ 15 - 28

general info

Dutch spoken
English surtitled


This performance is not suitable for people under the age of 16. It may contain offensive scenes. Do you have questions on suicide and do you want to talk about it? Call the free number 1813.

estimated duration

1h20

ON TOUR

Wednesday 13 November 2024
14u00
Thursday 14 November 2024
14u00
Friday 15 November 2024
14u00
Saturday 16 November 2024
14u00
Until it holds from the inside Beyond madness, tenderness awaits Only humans can fantasise With closed eyes, you can see whomever you’d like There's all that future, still