A wedding is taking take place in a stately house by the sea. In the dimly lit alleyway behind the house, there is great excitement. There are deliveries, cleaning, tidying, guarding and garbage disposal. From the janitor to the cook, from the cleaning lady to the manager, everyone is doing their best to make the celebration in the impressive estate an unforgettable experience. In the shadow of the festive villa, the servants try to secure their place in the strict pecking order. Condemned to stand in the background, they fight for their dignity and the respect of the strong and rich in the hustle and bustle of the hectic wedding preparations.
When a strange woman suddenly appears in the backyard, the order slowly but surely comes apart at the seams. Heavily pregnant and carrying a heavy backpack, she seeks refuge in the courtyard. In exchange for protection and the bare necessities, she soon discreetly offers her help. As if by magic, the stranger weaves a delicate web of relationships and the lives of residents and staff alike begin to gradually change. Rigidity gives way to flexibility, unfulfillable wishes are soon fulfilled, and panic attacks are soothed by the power of the new life.
While in the villa the wedding of the daughter of the house is celebrated with glamour, party hubbub and beautiful appearances, in the backyard the celebration of life takes place, with all its abysses and contradictions.
FESTE is a fairy tale without words for adults, in a poetic mixture of bitter tragedy and dark slapstick. A tragicomic story about the pursuit of individual happiness, but behind which lies more.
A fairy tale for adults which is both amusing and poignant, with Familie Flöz' special blend of cutting glances and political commentary
Smiling, silent and strong expressions of Familie Flöz amaze the audience, which is won over and participates in the everyday life of a cleaning lady in search of human relations, the playfulness of a somewhat lazy caretaker, the mischievous work of an irascible cook, that of a group busy preparing for a party, the anxieties of a troubled newlywed, the discoveries of gentle tenderness that alone can console.
LA REPUBBLICA, ITALY
With this production... the leap is ambitious but perfectly successful and takes us into the reality of today´s thorny topics: the gap between rich and poor, waste, water, exploitation of people, raw materials, the question of gender identity and sexual orientation, migration, abuse, motherhood, death... The theatre of Familie Flöz raptures the eyes, arouses the emotions and amusement of the entire audience.
Who actually says that you have to wave the red flag right away for something like the everyday class struggle? When the wonderful theatre group Familie Flöz takes on this theme in the Komödie am Kurfürstendamm at the Schiller Theatre, all it takes is a pair of venomous glances and sardonic gestures. [...] Everyone knows that the rich are getting richer and richer and that the mountains of rubbish are growing up to the sky. You don't like to hear it, but you see it here enthusiastically and happily!
It quickly becomes clear that the title FESTE is used ambiguously. For the wedding feast, and for the fortress (FESTE in German) behind whose high walls you can hear the sea roaring, but cannot see it. A symbol for "Fortress Europe", which seals itself off against foreigners. Nevertheless, the production does not come across as a political-moral enlightenment play, but is deeply human and touching at every moment."
In this atmospherically strong Flöz production, there is once again the melancholy-typical poetry with its quiet magic, which is hidden here in human tragedy and which can nevertheless turn everything around for the better. The Familie Flöz, with their immobile and seemingly rigid masks, once again manages to save itself from the abysses of life and still find something like happiness even in the face of impending doom.
WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
It's hard to believe: at the end there are actually only three actors on stage, one short, one medium and one tall. [...] As is usually the case when the mask theatre Familie Flöz gives a performance at the Duisburg Theatre, this time too the audience in the sold-out theatre was highly enthusiastic. The final applause, which was not only for the three brilliant actors on stage but for the entire ensemble, is a promising start for the production...
ist a co-production by Familie Flöz, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Theater Duisburg und Lessing Theater