Familie Flöz 1994 - today
Flöz has its origins at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, the only public education facility for physical theatre in Germany.
In 1994, a first version of ÜBER TAGE celebrates its premiere at Folkwang, followed by the short version FLÖZ & SÖHNE in 1995.
In 1996, the closed coal mine Zeche Hannover in Bochum hosts the premiere of FAMILIE FLÖZ KOMMT ÜBER TAGE, an homage to the mining and working class culture of Germany's industrial zone, the Ruhrgebiet. The play is highly praised by the press and public alike. Flöz describes a particular layer of earth rich in minerals and biomaterial.
In 1998, following numerous international guest performances in France, Holland, Denmark and Slovakia, a second play, RISTORANTE IMMORTALE, is created with a new ensemble. This work, an allegory about the temporary nature of life, is also without spoken word and lives through images, sounds and music. In the same year, Flöz appears in Berlin for the first time, performing at Prater/ Volksbühne.
In line with the first guest appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2001, the group names itself Flöz Production, later to become Familie Flöz. The Edinburgh performances attract invitations to stage RISTORANTE IMMORTALE throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
In the years 2000 and 2001, two new productions emerge, TWO% – HAPPY HOUR (a theatre installation at the Maschinenhaus Essen) and TWO% – HOMO OECONOMICUS, co-produced by Theater Dortmund. Both works explore the nature of man as consumer and salesman.
The company leaves the Ruhrgebiet in 2001 and moves to Berlin. Together with Teatro della Tosse, NAVIGAZIONI is performed in the hull of a cargo ship in Genoa in 2001 and tours in ports throughout the Mediterranean. The next work TEATRO DELUSIO is again a production for the stage and premieres in 2004 at the Arena Berlin, followed by a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Aurora Nova programme. This play literally is a look behind the scenes, set in a theatre backstage, with three actors embodying 30 characters. TEATRO DELUSIO is the first coproduction with Theaterhaus Stuttgart that has since remained a partner, performance venue and co-producer of the company. The work continues to be performed and has played over 600 times in 29 different countries.
2005 sees the first annual FLÖZ AKADEMIE in Italy, an academy with 30 young theatre-makers from around the world participating to study and work with the Flöz ensemble.
In 2006, the newly renovated Admiralspalast in Berlin presents two new productions by the company: INFINITA (premiered at the Akademie der Künste Berlin), a physical/visual mosaic about 'becoming' and 'leaving' that explores the first and last steps of life; and HOTEL PARADISO, an Alpine thriller. Both shows are performed over 50 times in Studio Admiralspalast and have since then continued to play worldwide. In 2008, a second version of HOTEL PARADISO is created with a new ensemble and in coproduction with Theaterhaus Stuttgart and Theater Duisburg.
In the years 2008 to 2010, Familie Flöz tours a repertoire of four productions intensively in Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and many other countries.
In 2010, the new production GARAGE D’OR is presented at Theater Duisburg during the year of the European Capital of Culture. The work investigates the restless longing of men seeking distance, accomplishment and triumph. The show premieres in Berlin in 2011 at the Volksbühne. A documentary film by arte and WDR, Hinter der Maske – Das Theater der Familie Flöz (Behind the Mask – The Theatre of Familie Flöz), accompanies the creation of a second version of GARAGE D’OR. The film premieres in 2012 at the Leipzig Festival, where the company also receives the Audience Prize for INFINITA.
In 2013, Familie Flöz concludes its first guest appearance with Hotel Paradiso at the Festival d’Avignon with an enthusiastic response from audience and press, also winning the Off Critic Prize. It is followed by a tour through 80 cities in France.
At the end of 2013 the company celebrates the opening of Studio Flöz in Berlin-Weissensee, a space for the production and creation of international physical theatre.
The premiere of HAYDI!, the latest production, takes place in November 2014 at Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In the following year the play receives the Monica-Bleibtreu-Award “Best Comedy”. HOTEL PARADISO is a sold-out run of three weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2016 INFINITA is presented for the first time at Sadler’s Wells during the International London Mime Festival. Following the sold-out show, Sadler’s Wells invites TEATRO DELUSIO for their season 2016/2017.
In 2016, TEATRO DELUSIO is re-staged with a new cast, becoming an instant audience favourite and winning the company seven 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following the success in Edinburgh, the company sets out on an international tour.
Season 2016/ 2017 sees four productions touring simultaneously: while HOTEL PARADISO undertakes an extensive tour in the Far East reaching China, India and Vietnam, HAYDI!, INFINITA and TEATRO DELUSIO travel through various countries in Europe.
And most importantly, two new productions are en route, expected to premiere during season 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.
Until today Flöz has performed its work in 34 countries throughout the world.