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Familie Flöz

source: Ingo Hoehn

Familie Flöz

Theatre collective, Berlin

Familie Flöz is an international theatre company based in Berlin. Originating from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, today it stands for the rediscovery of theatre with masks. 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 15 full-length plays, which often cannot be assigned to any common genre, but are always comprehensible across language boundaries.

At KlangKunstBühne 2024 they will give the workshop MASKS.

Valentina Bordenave

source: Jens Neumann

Valentina Bordenave is a freelance dancer, choreographer, mentor and certified Alexander Technique teacher from Argentina based in Berlin. She graduated in dance from the Folkwang University and is the founder of UNFOLD method, in which she has been training teachers since 2019. She is head of the movement department of Arthaus Berlin. - Postgraduate Training and Research Centre for Devised Theatre and Performance in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago and Rose Bruford College London. Further pedagogical activity includes the University Centre for Dance HZT Berlin, Acting Department at the University of the Arts Berlin (UDK) and Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”. She also provides training to companies such as Sasha Waltz & Guest, Familie Flöz and Colette Sadler.

Anna Kistel

source: Chris Knörr

Born in East Berlin, the actress Anna Kistel studied at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem and at the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Previous engagements include performances at the touring theater "Los Dilletantos" and "Ton und Kirschen“, in the puppet theater "Ha Karon" as a puppeteer in Jerusalem, a clown solo in the play "Brilli", a clown duo in the play "Vorsicht Grenze", in the youth dance theater "Kiekkebuk" in Berlin and "Klasse Tour" at Theater Strahl. Since 2008, Anna Kistel has been an actress and author for FAMILIE FLÖZ, where she has worked on the productions "Hotel Paradiso", "Garage D'Or", "Dr Nest", "Himmelerde",  "Hokuspokus" and "Under the Sea". She also works as a lecturer for workshops and at the Flöz Summer Academy and practices Aikido.

Hajo Schüler

source: Chris Knörr

Actor, director, mask maker, artistic director of FAMILIE FLÖZ, studied performing arts at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Since 1994 he has worked as an actor, choreographer and director at various theaters: Teatro dell' Opera di Roma, Theater und Philharmonie Essen, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Burgtheater Wien, Oper Frankfurt, Centro Cultural Recoleta Buenos Aires, Ballhaus Ost and others. He designs and builds the characteristic masks for FAMILIE FLÖZ and also acts as writer, performer and director. He has taught movement, acting and mask at the Berlin University of the Arts, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Stuttgart University of Music, London International School of Performing Arts, Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Accademia dei Filodrammatici Milano and the Otto-Falckenberg School in Munich. In the 23/24 season, he is mask maker, writer and director for the opera "Under the Sea" at Theater Basel, a mask music theater with compositions by Erik Satie and Daniel Ott.