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German troupe, Familie Floz to unmask humour through theatre in Delhi

The German troupe Familie Floz is in India for the first time, to present their mask theatre. There are 25 characters that are played by just four actors, with the use of 25 masks.

art and culture Updated: Oct 29, 2016 08:20 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Familie Floz,Theatre,Hotel Paradiso
A scene from the play Hotel Paradiso by Familie Floz .

Okay, quickly: how many actors do you need to portray 25 characters in a play? Well, the answer isn’t easy; just like acting in it isn’t. Find out the answer at the end of the play Hotel Paradiso by German troupe Familie Floz, when the cast is introduced.

On their debut Indian tour, the group has brought one of their most comic acts. “With the use of mask, an actor can sport any age from a 13-year-old to a 90-year-old. Only very quick costume change is required,” says Gianni Bettucci, producer of the play. He informs that the play uses 25 masks to show humour, improvisation, mime and physical comedy. “We try to use the mask as much as possible,” Bettucci adds.

Gianni Bettucci, producer of the play.

The element of humour is present right from the performance title. Bettucci explains, “The name of the hotel is paradise, in which the action ensues when a body is found. Soon the place turns from a paradise to hell.”

There are no words used in the performance and one wonders if the act will be comprehensible. “Even though it’s a non-verbal performance, the story is universal. When the youth of the family returns home, the conflict that appear in the household is what this play depicts” says Daniel Matheus, one of the actors. Another actor Melanie Schmidli, says, “The use of so masks adds to the complexity, but also creates humour.” Schmidli, who is enjoying her trip to India, adds, “We went to Connaught Place. The place was so alive.”


What: Hotel Paradiso
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
When: October 29
Timings: 4pm and 8pm
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on Blue Line

First Published: Oct 29, 2016 08:19 IST