(c) 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.’ Family will be staged by a real family: actors An Miller and Filip Peeters will not only act together as a couple, but for the first time in their career they will be on stage with their two teenage daughters Leonce and Louisa – and their dogs. “Familie” is an experiment, an ethnological study of today’s private life, an exhibition of the everyday: on stage we see the house of Family Demeester – or is it the house of the Family Peeters/Miller? Together they will 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. Fiction and reality mix, as we see on stage an evening like many in families – just that it is the last one. We watch a family eat, shower, learn English, watch videos. We see them talking to each other 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? After the international success of Five Easy Pieces, in which children questioned the life of murderer and child molester Marc Dutroux on stage, and La Reprise, about the homophobic murder of Ihsane Jarfi in Liège, Milo Rau completes his trilogy of modern crimes with an existential family drama.

Duration: 80 min.
Language: Dutch with German Surtitles
Premiere in the German speaking area
27.2. artist talk with the family members
28.2. artist talk afterwards with Milo Rau

We would like to point out that the play depicts the suicide of a family and that the performance in some scenes could have a disturbing effect on some viewers.