The FAMILIE FL?Z was established in 1994 by a small group of acting and mime students at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen in Germany, experimenting with masks. The group gathers actors, musicians, dancers, directors, masks, stage lighting, costume design, and dramatic consultants. The exaggerating masks have a unique charm provides audience the best imagination. Following performances in France, Holland, Denmark and Slovakia, the company met with several awards and much acclaim.Over the past 20 years they have toured with five different productions to 32 countries, giving FamilieFl?z an international reputation for its unique poetic and comic ensemble. They've been performed in 19 art festivals including festival d'Avignon,London Mime Festival, Israel Festival, Warsaw International Mime Art Festival.
This unique physical theater has been such an inspiration to many other groups around the world. So far five mime theaters followed the example of FamilieFloez and developed their own performing traits in Spain,Brazil, the United States and Germany which includes the Spanish mask theater KulunkaTeatre who embarked a successful tour in China with the production "Andre and Dorine".
FAMILIE FL?Z makes theater using means that lie "before language". All conflicts first manifest themselves physically and this physical conflict is the origin of all dramatic situations. The typical masks created by FL?Z are important tools for the development of the dramatic material and figures. Like texts, the masks not only have a form, but also a context. The process of developing a mask, playfully acting with it, and finally creating a symbiosis between the mask and actor is decisive for the end results. In a way the masked actor "writes" the scene with his body, in the air.To some extent, sincere emotions are communicated between actors and audiences through rich motions and workless in "Hotel Paradiso".
"Hotel Paradiso" is a hilarious black comedy with mime form created in2008. Through constant rediscovery of century-old disciplines such as acting, mask theater, dance, clownery, acrobatics, magic and improvisation, FamilieFl?z creates theater experiences of a unique poetry. More than 20 characters are totally played by only four performers, such as: hotel guests, thieves, old lady…This Physical theater conveys the whole storyline through purely body movements and masks.
The Bizarre story takes place in an old hotel run by mismatched siblings, aeries of accidents…- the slightest misstep leads to a dark, mystery affair!AMILIE FL?Z was never darker, never more sarcastic. A family story along with an alpine nightmare is full of black humor, stormy feelings and a touch of melancholy.
Some "anti-science"situationsin the play may seem to be illogical to the audience. However, the absurdity of humanity exactlyresults from the deviation from people's life tracks.
The German theater troupe FamilieFl z was enthusiastically received by London audiences. The play "Hotel Paradiso" once again was performed as part of the London Mime Festival in the sold out Queen Elizabeth Hall, receiving an applause lasting several minutes. The four performers, who continuously switched roles, were hidden behind masks and did not utter a single word. PA (Deutsche PresseAgentur, D)
"Wordless and yet somehow so expressive, full of yearning and yet also filled with joy; this is splendid and immensely skillful character comedy." the Guardian
A creation of great poetic power that will long be remembered.