The house is crowded. Father and mother are having a party, grandma is babysitting. The night is long and falling asleep is difficult. But this adventure feels like a dream, with dolls coming to life, a savage sea in your bedroom and a neighbour who turns into a polar bear. And who is that green little man?
Hello family is a wonderfully warm performance, a cartoonish parade with lots of funny and unexpected guests. Through the eyes of a child you see a family that becomes increasingly stranger and happier with time. A dreamy dance and theater mix by Moniek Merkx along the lines of theatre hit LOVE. Love won a Silver Cricket 2017 and has been nominated for a Golden Cricket and the VSCD Mime award. “Recognizable, contagious and above all, heart-warming” said the Mime jury about Love.
Moniek Merkx about Hello Family
“You will always be a child, even when you are fifty. And when you are three, you can be in such a serious mood that you would preferably sit by the fire with a long beard. At a large family table, we celebrate and play an intricate family game. The kids get more and more mature and vice versa. The roles and positions change constantly, we dance on the table until dawn. After this, no one will be the person they thought they were.”
Moniek Merkx has been the artistic director of Maas Theatre and Dance since 2013. Before that, she was artistic director, writer and director at Theatre group Max.. Among others, she has worked for Suver Nuver, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot, De Ploeg, Onafhankelijk Toneel, Theater Artemis and the biggest youth theatre company in de US: The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. In 2003, she won a Tony Award with this company. In the Netherlands, she has won several youth theatre awards (Hans Snoek award, 1000Watt award and Silver Crickets) and the VSCD Mime award. For Max., Merkx created, among others, Peter Pan Was Here, Help (in the Netherlands and in the US), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Steel. For Maas, she created, Nobody’s Boy, Rite of Spring, Alice in Wonderland and Love, among others. In December 2017, she will direct the performance Beauty in the large hall.
“Fantastic are the cool glitter costumes, the cartoon wigs, the ravishing animal masks, the dinofrog’s (Gihan Koster) breakdance shenanigans, and the mimic parade of (cheating) family members, while the mother keeps asking if someone wants something to drink.”, “exuberant family celebration” and “colorful spectacle”. Volkskrant ★★★★
“The world in which we live for only a few years until we have to be able to handle it all is carefully captured in Hello family by Moniek Merkx and her team. This is done in a characteristic Maas-manner: whirling, colorful and musical. (…) Merkx also uses two non-professional actors, with effect. She lets them be who they are and creates tumult with the actors around them. It makes them shine even more.” Theaterkrant
“Every kid should go to Hello family (and so should every grown-up). Lucky are the children nowadays (…) who get to enter the realm of fantasy for over an hour which shows and lets you feels in an unmatched way why art is so incredibly important for all children, all people big and small. The actors in Hello family have finessed mime and movement theatre, like the motions of the green man or the sensual dance which is interrupted by a jealous third. Everything fits, it’s beautiful and never boring. (…) Five stars and a big A for Maas!” Theater en Musicalnieuws
“Director Moniek Merkx keeps an impressive balance between exuberance and tranquility. Hello family is (…) a very special and definitely not less approachable production. (…) a colorful parade of imaginative party scenes that crisscross the room like a polonaise.” Parool
With: Sue-Ann Bel, Marieke Dermul, Cherella Gessel, Gihan Koster, Hali Neto, Freek Nieuwdorp, Gale Rama, Jurriën Remkes and special family guests
Concept, direction: Moniek Merkx
Choreography: Art Srisayam
Decor: Sanne Danz
Music: Joop van Brakel
Costumes: Nicky Nina de Jong
Light: Gé Wegman
Campaign image: Roosmarijn Knijnenburg
Location: medium large venue (flat floor preferred)
Period: December 2018 – Maart 2019
Duration: 70 minutes (provisional)
Performance area: 10 m b x 10 m d x 4,5 m h
Age: 8-108 jaar