The 10 Selected Productions

Girl from the Fog Machine Factory

A contemporary story with a magical ending by Thom Luz

A production by Thom Luz and Bernetta Theaterproduktionen
Co-production Gessnerallee Zürich, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Kaserne Basel, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater Chur, Südpol Luzern

World Premiere 17 May 2018

With this contemporary story full of timeless magic and theatre enchantment, fog machine expert Thom Luz makes a plea against worldly proficiency and encapsulates the poise of beauty.

Girl From The Fog Machine Factory. Video trailer

© Gessnerallee Zürich

  • 1 h 10 min, without interval
  • In German, English and French with English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 7 May, following the last performance

A medium-sized fog machine factory on the outskirts of a city: orders are few and far between, the future is uncertain, new ideas are urgently needed. So the boss and his staff develop fleeting, odd fog sculptures like, for instance, waterfalls or a reconstruction of the famous death island from the paintings of Arnold Böcklin. Is it enough to save the factory? In grand images, with subtle tones and an excessive use of artificial fog, director Thom Luz tells a present-day story full of timeless magic and theatre enchantment.

Jury Statement

Thom Luz in a fog machine factory – this seems as logical as it is simultaneously whimsical and melancholy. The staff of the eponymous factory is of the kind that will welcome one of its rare visitors with a madrigal in four parts: They’re not exactly worldly. And nothing could make these people happier than an opportunity to show their visitor every single item from the company’s range, from the cigarette-pack-sized hand fog machine to the polyphonic fog-pipe organ. In this show, Thom Luz reaches the culmination of what he has always been trying to grasp: the casualness of beauty, the attempt to hold on to the shining light. “Le passage d’un nuage”, as the song by Francis Poulenc describes it, a French composer between late Romanticism and the modern age of machines, between palm court music and the melodies of delusions, who features prominently in this production. The evening itself is laid out like a musical fog image, with an exposition, an execution and variations, that become increasingly blurred towards the end, until they slowly dissolve.


Directed by / Stage Design by Thom Luz
Conductor Mathias Weibel
Costume Design Katharina Baldauf, Tina Bleuler
Sound Design Martin Hofstetter
Lighting Concept Tina Bleuler, Thom Luz

Fhunyue Gao, Sigurður Arent Jónsson, Mara Miribung, Samuel Streiff, Mathias Weibel

Supported by the city of Zurich Culture, Department of Culture Canton Zurich, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Expert Committee Theatre and Dance Canton Basel-City Culture / Canton Basel-Land, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation Stiftung, Look Solutions Fog Machines, Schiedmayer Celesta, Viadukt*3.

The performance in Berlin is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.