A maskmusic theatre by Familie Flöz and Musicbanda Franui
After music by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, Anton Webern u. a.

The inimitable funeral marches and dance hall pieces by Musicbanda Franui from the East Tyrol region of Austria and the virtuosic masquerades of the Familie Flöz theatre collective provided the material for the piece «himmelerde», which the two groups developed together. Franui describe themselves as a «transformer at the intersections of classical music, folk music, jazz and contemporary chamber music». Newly arranged song compositions by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann are not only celebrated in their beauty, but also sometimes turned upside down, stripped down to their bare bones, augmented, covered with additional layers, and rethought. These adaptations blur the boundaries between interpretation, editing, composition and improvisation.

In a completely different artistic context, the internationally renowned Familie Flöz has been masterfully combining physical theatre, masquerade, artistry, improvisation and acts since 1996. The group’s distinctive aesthetic is shaped by masks that they created themselves and by their omission of language as a means of communication.
In keeping with the musical repertoire, the two ensembles engage with the early nineteenth century phenomenon of German Romanticism, humorously conjuring the images of this era that fascinate us to this day. Episodic stories feature contemporary characters who identify with the wishes and dreams of the Romantics.


January 2019
April 2019

is a co-production of Staatsoper Berlin with Familie Flöz and Musicbanda Franui in co-operation with Theaterhaus Stuttgart und Schloßfestspiele Ludwigsburg. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund.

 Markus Kraler,  Andreas Schett
DIRECTOR Michael Vogel
COSTUMES Birgit Wentsch
MASKS Hajo Schüler
LIGHT DESIGN Reinhard Hubert
SOPRANO Anna Prohaska
BARITON Florian Boesch
MASQUERADE Anna Kistel,  Björn Leese,  Hajo Schüler,  Mats Süthoff,  Paul White

PREMIERE 17 January 2019,
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin