Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 11 – 20, 2019        

Ssst! (Secrets of a White Rabbit)

florschütz & döhnert, Germany

May 18th – May 20th, 2018 at Factory Studio Theatre


Enthralling from start to finish​!  Out of one of the performers’ many pockets comes all sorts of strange things including a raggedy white rabbit with a love of adventure and magic (not to mention a bothersome habit of disappearing!) This “poetic circus” is filled with delightful objects, live music, and lots of giggles.

Idea, scenography, objects, play: Michael Döhnert and Melanie Florschütz
Artistic Collaboration: Joachim Fleischer, Werner Hennrich, Hendrik Mannes
Music: Michael Döhnert
Costume Designer: Adelheid Wieser
Scene painter: Wolf Dieckmann
Production: florschütz & döhnert
Co-Production: SCHAUBUDE BERLIN, BROTFABRIK Bonn, Méli’mome / Festival Reims Scenes d’Europe

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Review from Lynn Slotkin: 

He (Michael Döhnert) wears a jacket over an undershirt and work pants with pockets. He is serious.  She (Melanie Florschütz) wears a bowler hat, a simple top with Pantaloon pants with deep pockets. She is impish and playful.

He plays the guitar and sings. He pulls a miniature ladder, chair and table out of his collection of stuff to use.  She has her hands in her pockets and they seem to be magic pockets that puff out as if something is in them.  Bits of material peek out from the pockets. She pulls one end of the material out of the right pocket and pulls the material out of the left pocket. Left, right, left the material is pulled as if both ends are connected.  Then she pulls a wonderful white cloth rabbit out of one pocket, at least it looks like material. It could also be some kind of origami structure but malleable like cloth. The rabbit is flexible, quirky and funny. He and she never talk. They communicate with looks, short hand and raised eyebrows. Again, the action is sweet, funny and imaginative.  And the kids love it.

Artistic Director says: Under the masterly hands of florschütz & döhnert, the tiny becomes grandiose, the meaningless unique and the stage a cosmos where anything might happen…

About florschütz & döhnert

The Theatre company florschütz & döhnert is based in Berlin, Germany, and tours around the world. Melanie studied the art of puppetry in Stuttgart, Germany; while Michael is a composer, guitarist and singer. They focus on developing work for “Theatre from the very beginning”.

Visit the florschütz & döhnert website