A DRAMATIC TWIST THAT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS
What if you couldn’t smile, laugh, frown, or talk, and you had to communicate only with your body? Meet the virtuosic physical comedians of Familie Flöz, Germany’s favorite mask theatre troupe, who bring one hilarious character to life after another using only their body language. In the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Familie Flöz’ actors bring us into the topsy-turvy universe of the Hotel Paradiso. Strange things happen at this former ski resort when a body is discovered... Clue meets Fawlty Towers with a harmless dose of the Shining in this outlandishly hilarious and macabre alpine tale. TOHU brings you the North American premiere of this company, widely considered the leading mask theatre company in the world.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
The Familie Flöz was established in 1994. Born from an idea of Hajo Schüler and Markus Michalowski, a small group of acting and mime students at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen began experimenting with masks they had created.
In the name of this constantly changing company - taken from the title of the first joint play "Familie Flöz kommt Über Tage" - there is also a self-conception hidden. In the jargon of mining, "Flöz" refers to the layers of soil in which valuable raw materials are stored. In a collective creative process, archetypal character are created for each production in an interplay of improvisation, masks and writing. To date, the ensemble has developed twelve full-length plays for these characters, which often cannot be assigned to any common genre, but are always comprehensible across language boundaries.
The Berlin-based troupe has performed its work in 40 countries throughout the world.
"Wordless and yet somehow so expressive, full of yearning and yet also filled with joy; this is splendid and immensely skillful character comedy."