"The physicality of the performers is simply extraordinary, mind-blowing; you never thought a body could do that."
The Wonderful World of Dance
"Father is hugely funny, while also showing compassion for our human inadequacies." **** (4 stars)
"Echoes of Pina Bausch and Ballets C de la B are evident in the piece. […] Father is a wonderful show – taking its audience on a rollercoaster ride through the borderlands of fantasy and reality– such a delight to see so much skill teamed with such great artistic vision."
"This compelling work was both funny and poignant, highly physical, visually arresting, contrasting aspects of gentle, whimsical reflection with others, too uncomfortable to bear." **** (4 stars)
"The impact of the performance is intensified by the juxtaposition of authentic, overwhelming emotions and moments of sheer laughter." **** (4 stars)
"It’s every bit as astonishing as the company’s maternal counterpart Moeder,just as fraught with Freudian neuroses and deep-seated anguish."
"Layer upon layer of chaos builds a visual overload of weirdly strange and unsettling imagery. Watching Peeping Tom in full throttle is like waking from a nightmare in a semi-conscious state, horrified, yet fascinated to return back to sleep to discover what happens."
British Theatre Guide
"[Vader is] a truly stunning piece of visual theatre, which mesmerises the audience. Peeping Tom is really one of the most exciting companies in Europe." **** (4 stars)
Plays to See
"Father (Vader) is a delightful twist of comedy, melancholic drama and unnerving horror." ***** (5 stars)
A Younger Theatre
"This masterclass in physical theatre is a paternalistic examination of relationships and its various intricacies […]As abstract as the show can be it’s also intensely relevant." ***** (5 stars)
"We’re reminded that older people are not a problem to be solved or pitied, but people with personalities, pasts and inner lives. [...] Father is confident in the creation of its world, distinctive in its voice and poignant in its subject matter." **** (4 stars)
"Father is a touching and crazy take on life in old age. [...] It’s touching, confusing and even a tad exhilarating."
London Evening Standard
"Absurdist total theatre. […] Full of wonder and funny."
Dagblad van het Noorden
Interview with Franck Chartier in Love Theatre (Bulgaria) (article)
"With extreme delicacy, Vader combines the raw gaze with an immense compassion for the human, confronting each spectator with the tragic link between who stays and who leaves."
"Dancing the regret, or how the Peeping Tom redefined psychotherapy" (article)
"Vader sends us from a dream being evoked to a dreamlike film." "Humour and poetry comparable to the 7th art."
"Tusen år av erfarenheter." (article)
"It is difficult to remain indifferent after seeing this radical proposition that finds itself so closely related to the human condition. They really are astounding..."
"‘Vader’, when the fathers' guilt falls back on the children."
Il Fatto Quotidiano
"Although you are laughing with tears, strokes of sadness and compassion bore through your heart. The last images send shivers down your spine."
"Peeping Tom loves to make you jump from the left tot the right cerebral hemisphere. From the start, Vader reveals a delicate humour and a sense of detail."
"Ultrasensitive material woven out of dreams which are strange and deeply human at the same time ... the irresistible charm of this show."
"A visually astounding and at times hilarious performance that constantly explores the boundaries of perception and reality."
"De l'autre côté du miroir." (article)
"Vader confirms once more [Peeping Tom's] talent and creativity which continues to surprise and amaze us with its direct humour."
"The piece manages to throw you off-balance while being extremely funny."
"Phenomenal choreography and hilarious in its absurdity." ****
"What a difference a day makes'. Trust us, ultimately it all boils down to having seen 'Vader' or not." ****1/2
"An old folks home where a brilliant form of craziness sets the tone."
La Libre Belgique
"This is theatre of the imagination: it proposes new visions on an ancient theme and simultaneously is not shy to confront the spectator with the ugly and at times cruel sides of old age."
"Peeping Tom sketches the world of the worn out brain with tenderness and subtle humor. [..] 'Vader' is a magnificent piece of work." ****
"Peeping Tom's surrealism and its enigmatic visual style fascinate from beginning to end." ****
"It’s terrifically deft theatre and at the same time rock-hard reality." *****
"Breathtaking, cruel, beautiful... unforgettable."
"Fine atrocities as magnificent dance theatre."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"'Vader' deploys an extremely fine trap in which everyone can get caught."
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
"As surreal, cruel, tender and profound as what Peeping Tom brings on stage, is hard to come by in the field of contemporary dance."
"Tanzcafé im Altenheim."
"Full of ingenious effects, it’s one step ahead of you: hard to grasp, harder still to forget." **** (4 stars)