- Premiere Year 2004
Hotel Modern brings a universe on stage in which a stormy marriage between death and life can be experienced. Using miniature film sets, cameras, puppets, large animals, theatre actors and a composer, Hotel Modern recounts true and invented tales of human fragility.
And thus the audience witnesses the fatal encounter between a lady and a unicorn, the tragic misfortune of a Jewish family in World War II, and 9/11 filmed from inside the Twin Towers. Various theatrical forms are combined: live animation, animated raree-shows, a musical, and neo-dadaist declamation trumble over one another. The Man with Five Fingers is a black revue: cheerful, sad and cruel.
"Hotel Modern's low tech puppet theatre is highly imaginative - sometimes terrifyingly so. Death is unique and mundane. Just like a man with five fingers." (Leidsch Dagblad)
"The most personal part of the perfomance concerns the persecution of the Jews. And here the members combine all their forces. The result is beautiful and subdued. But the subsequent portrayal of 9/11 is the most impressive as it evokes feelings of how it must have been in the Twin Towers - while it is plain for all to see that one of the towers is a pack of fruit juice." (Volkskrant)
"I will never forget the horror as the aeroplane in which the clay figures were sitting drilled its way into a skyscraper. It was as if the full magnitude of the Twin Tower disaster was revealed to me for the first time, filmed from within and intensified by music. That's how terrifying toys can be." (Opzij)