Pedro Solano, freshly graduated, is full of ambition upon beginning his post at an international border agency. During his first assignment on the border, a young girl dies in his arms. Struck by her tragic destiny, he is abruptly torn from his idealistic inner world, where the global flow of refugees mainly consisted of numbers and graphs. His engagement for a better and fairer future is turned upside down and suddenly grounded in reality, while he feels increasingly unprepared and helpless in face of the unexpected problems within the agency.
There, the day's first coffee bubbles its slurping path through the coffee machine, Christmas party preparations are underway, and the daily routine of the international crew of civil servants begins its ghostly course, regardless of unfolding events. Paragraph pedants, office zombies, project managers and rubber tree experts fight for their own interests and keeping a clean record under a cloak of efficient work. Top priorities: maintaining personal inviolability, as well as drawing, protecting and administering frontiers. These exist everywhere, whether in face of barbed wire in the snowstorm outside or deep inside one’s own heart.
After fighting his way through the instances of authority, Pedro recognizes his powerlessness and the certainty that more deaths will follow. The only thing that remains is the empathic act of transformation.
In their new play, Familie Flöz hunt the fleeting vision of a utopia that promises a home to everyone but is ultimately doomed to fail. Inspired by the archetypal figure of the refugee, the company interweaves a panopticon of singular Flöz characters with motives from the well-known story of “Heidi”.
The excruciating contrast between the misery of a fleeing family and the affluence-born neuroses of office staff in core Europe inspired Familie Flöz to combine seemingly incompatible representation and narration formats in their play HAYDI! Thus, rigid masks and lifeless puppets encounter unconcealed faces. Visual play meets a cacophony of languages in Grammelot style. Imaginative visions are interrupted by grotesque and exaggerated figures. The renunciation of a homogeneous line of form and aesthetics stands symbolic for the irreconcilability of the two narrative threads.
With Haydi!, the company for the first time showed not pure mask theatre, but a play in which actors »show face«. That is a risky experiment. In a well-filled theatre, it was soon obvious that the risk was worth it.
This time, in addition to Hajo Schüler’s whimsical masks, (…) it is also the actors in real scenes who take the audience’s hearts by storm. A hearty premiere applause for this exceptional group!
With only three performers, the company surprised and convinced in a dozen roles, with wonderful puppet play and also as protagonists in a largely hand-drawn film (…) The audience in the Ernst Deutsch Theater was elated.
The public squeals with enthusiasm, people stomp their feet and, when it is all over, they stand on their chairs as if thanking the performers for the gift they have just received. Theater can be magnificent.
A PRODUCTION BY Familie Flöz & Theaterhaus Stuttgart
A PLAY BY Andrés Angulo, Björn Leese, Hajo Schüler, Michael Vogel
WITH Andrés Angulo, Björn Leese, Hajo Schüler
HAYDI IN FILM Emma Martelli
DIRECTION Michael Vogel
MASKS, PUPPETS Hajo Schüler
SET DESIGN Markus J.N. Trapp
SOUND DESIGN Dirk Schröder
MUSIC Franui Musicbanda
LIGHT DESIGN, VIDEO Reinhard Hubert
VIDEO ART WORK Markus J.N. Trapp, Silke Meyer
ANIMATION Andreas Dihm
COSTUMES Ottavia Trama
HAIRSTYLE, BEARD Franziska Becker
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Stefan Lochau, Michael Moritz
SPEECH TRAINING Caroline Scholz-Ott
PRODUCTION MANAGMENTGianni Bettucci
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Henrike Beran, Dorén Gräfendorf
ASSISTANCE Stina Kraml, Vera Nau, Franziska Schubert
Thanks for support and collaboration
Jorge Mario Agudelo, Ulrike Langbein, Suse Wächter
PREMIERE 13. November 2014, Theaterhaus Stuttgart