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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.

 

Press

The evening reflects everything that is romantic: a longing for home and the foreign, bliss and melancholy, loneliness, unfulfilled love and death.

BZ, Peter Raue

Bizarre mask theatre that gets under your skin.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

A theatrical tightrope walk between lyrical depths and scenic "depth". Opera folk art!

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Frenetic applause!

OPERA LOUNGE

Trailer
Dates
April 2020
CREDITS

HIMMELERDE
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.

COMPOSITION AND MUSICAL EDITING: Markus Kraler , Andreas Schett
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Andreas Schett
DIRECTOR: Michael Vogel
MASKS: Hajo Schüler
SET: Felix Nolze
COSTUMES: Birgit Wentsch
LIGHT: Reinhard Hubert
VIDEO: Andreas Dihm
DRAMATURGY: Jana Beckmann
SOPRANO: Anna Prohaska / Maria Bengtsson
BARITON: Florian Boesch /Holger Falk
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHY: Paul White
PERFORMERS: Anna Kistel , Björn Leese , Hajo Schüler , Mats Süthoff , Michael Vogel

PREMIERE 17 January 2019,
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin