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The Guardian (UK): Milo Rau's soulful hymn to life on the brink of death” - ✩✩✩✩✩

Familie | 9 januari 2020
“An acting family play the members of a family about to take their own lives in this unnerving and heartbreaking celebration of the ordinary”“By rights, a play shorn of everything we expect of a night out – drama, conflict, debate – should be excruciating, but such is the guilelessness of the four actors, the apparent spontaneity of their stage life and the excruciating tension of knowing their fate, that the mundane becomes riveting. In its opening and closing sequences, the cunningly crafted piece reels off lists of private pleasures: watching movies on a rainy day, doodling during a phone call, reading Harry Potter… On their own, they are whimsical and insignificant, but cumulatively, they are the reason we keep on keeping on, our way of defying existential despair.“We love this family in the way we love the talking heads on Gogglebox, not for their exceptionalism but the very reverse: their ordinariness and lack of pretence. That we are seeing enactments of real family relationships in parallel to the true-life tragic tale adds to our distress.”“Instead, he offers us a kind of dark, secular mass, at once a celebration of all life has to offer in its smallest, most trivial moments, and a painful recognition that sometimes it can be too much. Performed at the stately pace of a slow piece of Bach, Familie is assured, soulful and unnerving.”
Met gesloten ogen kan je zien wie je wil Voorbij de ­waanzin wacht de zachtheid Alles zit nog vol met toekomst Tot het aan de binnenkant blijft plakken Alleen de mens kan fantaseren