FAQ – frequently asked Questions

How many actors and how many of the productions can I book?
Since we perform all productions on our own the number of actors for walking acts may vary, according to the size of the event.
There are two possibilities:

  • You book 2-7 actors performing up to three productions. Or…
  • You book two teams with 2-5 actors each and they both play up to three productions

Usually we play one or two programs a day. We are a fix core team of five actors working together for years with just five more contractors.

What advantages do customers get when booking foolpool?
Booking us you get a team that can do the whole program for you (entrance, animation, show).

  • Just one contact person for you
  • Several shows compatible to each other for a good all-in price
  • Booking the artist directly
  • All productions are also performed by us
  • Our motto: one team – a successful performance

Are you an agency?
No. We have developed all productions on this website on our own (that is Armin, Klemens, Marcus, Max and Piko) and they are performed exclusively by us, too.

How much is it?
We can send you a price list, just ask for it. A short description of the kind of event you have in mind (exhibition, cultural event, private party) will help.  We are pleased to submit an individual offer for you based on the price list.

I also would like to get the money, that you get for one hour. How can that be?
Who has asked this question has not yet had much to do with performing artists. Absolutely understandable. Obviously there is a need for information, because the equation “performance time = hourly wage” is a milk maid calculation (german phrase). We must also calculate our fee and many details of our daily routine are important:

  • Education
  • Training courses (workshops, seminars, artistic- and theatre courses, business courses)
  • Development and rehearsal
  • Processing phase of a new program
  • Marketing
  • Advertising materials (internet, printed products, fair trade booth)
  • Exhibitions, trade fairs and advertising shows
  • Office supplies
  • Preparation for performances (planning, packing, organisation)
  • Follow-up (costumes washing, props storage eg repairing, summing up the performance)
  • Making new props and maintenance them
  • Accessories for jobs (light and sound system)
  • Rent for rehearsal room, storage room, workshop and office
  • Insurances
  • Pre-finance for new things
  • Automobile (Transporter)
  • Tax and social security charges
  • Travel time to the location
  • Experience and know-how
  • And last but not least: the performance itself

All this requires a professional approach. By the way, we often work 60-80 hours a week.

How long does one performance take?
Normally we offer two possibilities: 1-3 sets of 30 minutes each or 4-5 sets of 30 minutes each. Depending on the event and the location this may vary though. 1-2 sets of 60-90 minutes of the herd of machines for example take much longer than our other walking acts.

At what kinds of events do you perform?
Wherever people prefer and require good entertainment. You can find a small list of what we offer here. We also have taken part in several movies, film productions or music Clips. But you can always surprise us with something new.

You are from Munich. Do you always need a hotel?
Accommodation only according to what we agree on. Around Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin and Zurich/Basel we can also find some private accommodation.

What kind of conditions do you need at the location?
Depending on the production we will send you our “technical rider” in advance.

What is the difference between a show and a walkact?
A walkact (or walk act or walking act) is a special form of theatre, where actors and audience are not separated by the “fourth wall” of a classical stage, but the actors share the same room moving around together with the audience. The actors may be distinguished from the audience just by their costumes or masks or they may even look just like someone from the audience. An important feature of walkacts is the frequent change of the position of the artist within the audience. This is why it is called walkact.

Walkacts are often very flexible. They don’t require any stage equipment. This way they are very versatile and can be performed at galas and many commercial and cultural events. Often it is hard to tell the difference between walkacts and miming, comedy or similar artistic performances. One can also be part of the other. You know it is a good walking act when a creative idea is successfully combined with costumes, movements, interaction with the audience and acting.

Walkacts are often used to advertise. The artists job is to simply attract as many people as possible and direct them to your stand. The artists can also hand out give-aways or leaflets or walk around wearing your logo with any kind of costume. Our Special way of presenting walkacts is based on expressive, unusual costumes (“visual or physical theatre”) humorously brought to life. Each figure we play was thoroughly developed so the figure moves and acts like a genuine character. Some parts of our show are spontaneous reactions to the audience; other parts are carefully prepared and learned by heart.

This way we are able to impress and entertain the audience at the same time. Our primary goal is always to amuse them. Unlike our walking acts the shows we do require a proper stage and equipment. The audience must be seated properly to see our show and the stage must be big enough for the act. Often we need some audio and light equipment. If necessary we can also bring our own equipment. We also need a fixed time frame or schedule when the show takes place to be able to successfully present it.

What is “Kleinkunst”?

To be a “Kleinkünstler” does not mean to be an amateur. The Art is not “small” either. The term originated because “Kleinkünstler” require relatively little material and space for their performances. The performance, on the other hand, is in no way inferior to the “great” art and is performed all over the world. Jugglers, artists, magicians, comedians, fire artists, cabaret artists, fast draughtsmen, clowns and many more…

How do you spell foolpool?
No capital letters and it is just one word (so please, do not spell it FOOLPOOL or Foolpool or Fool Pool or fool Pool etc.) The correct spelling is simply: foolpool.

How many artists/actors are you at foolpool and how long does foolpool exists?

The short version
We are a solid team of five people and an office assistant and work together with five other guest players if necessary. Overall, we exist over 25 years. In the beginning we called us “Begnackte Körper”, before we renamed us, 1999, into “foolpool” and expanded with Marcus and Piko.

The detailed version (who is interested)

“Sorry, that’s for me.” Our interview is interrupted again and again by the ringing of the production phone. Professionally Piko Patrik Leins takes the call and is, unlike the earlier phone calls, quite excited. “Japan” he repeats for himself and for his four colleagues, “Daidogai”, “Shizuoka”. “We are invited to world championship of street artists in October.” Piko is pleased. “Once more to Japan” – that rocks.

But lets start at the beginning, turn back the time: Beginning of the interview: Gymnasia – also in Bavaria – are no longer often the place of “vitae discimus” – learning for life. In this case, however, the success story began over 30 years ago: at the breeding ground of the Bavarian High Spirit in the easternmost province. Encircled by high mountains, crossed by tuned golfs (an old car). Between cow dung and small industrialization. Pure idyll. There where the children marijuana still considers a rare tea variety and gladly go to school, because there is at least a television.

But stop, everybody who thinks about circus AG (a form of school project) or school heater thinks wrong. Not because of the school, despite the school, the young men have found together.

At the beginning they are as different from each other as you can possibly be. One of them, Armin Nagel, is more a Solo type, without Han. Eagerly he practices his virtuous ball juggling. The air is thin up there and he even seems to prefer that. The second one, Max Auerbach: He is more like Q. For hours and hours he enjoys being in the workshop, putting together and constantly improving the most incredible props. Being pragmatic he is not interested in being ahead of everyone else. The third one: Klemens Brysch. No need to practice anything. It´s all about communicating anyway. Not a prince but of Zamunda. No virtuosity, no hammer & sickle, just actively interacting with the audience. But still you have to be able to do that.

In Salzburg, a city nearby, Andre Heller presents his famous chinese circus show. The young artists are impressed. Their first company name is derived from that show. “Die Begnackten Körper” are soon a synonym in this part of the alps for haywired comedy and juggling. Above all “The Chaos Circus Comedy Show”. The beginning, the original show. Always up-to-date, never tired of being played. Until today!

What is so special about them is the difference of the characters. They are accumulating the whole range of their creative potential and skills in a collective pool. Soon the old name isn’t big enough for what they really do. The multilayered conglomerate is now a pool of fools – foolpool (spelled without capital letter, by the way).

Of course in a pool more than three fools can swim, so in 1999 Piko Patrik Leins and Marcus Khashoukgi joined the team. Piko, the far famed cooking star Schubeck, in the office and on stage. Improving everything and spicing it up a lot. From early in the morning to late at night: directing, digitalising. FlicFlac is still running through his veins and he can always feel the tight wire below his feet. Marcus on the other hand is like Pippi Langstrumpf, the heroine of all people who don’t accept the world as it is. Former punk and caring father. His ideas are drawn from experiences made at nights some people wouldn’t even dare to dream.

“One day I didn’t want to see our old routines any more so I started to think about it.” Marcus modestly talks about his new ideas: He has created the walkact par excellence: “The Gentlemen”. Together with “The Quassler”, who were invented by Piko, they have been the highlights for years at many exhibitions, galas and cultural events.  The concept of reducing and condensing is the secret of success and at the same time it is very vulnerable to copying and plagiarism. Soon the artists were busy with employing lawyers to legally fight back envious colleagues instead of spending more time on their beloved job.

On top of that the foolpooler have created “The Cavemen”. Again the idea is to reduce anything as much as possible. Interacting with the audience is the central point of the performance. It is simply not enough to wear a costly costume. Wearing just a few rags made of fur the comedians reflect on the absurd aspects of civilization in front of the surprised and amused audience. They do so with the help of a wooden bike that easily outruns any Harley-Davidson.

“The Quassler” are to some extent already criticising civilization, but “The Cavemen” performance delivers a broadside from Brecht’s flagship, so to say, but without patronizing the audience. The beast that lures within all of us is the object of the performance. The audience bursts out loudly with laughter when he sees the reincarnation of his instincts running around in the streets of some festival.

And finally there is the Superheroes program: a comedy show for the stage and the street. It is all about our society and our desire to get some extra service, even if no one really needs it. Heroes in a world deserted of any service: “The Super Serviceheroes”. Coming out of the blue these Superheroes jet around on their hot rods to thoroughly save the world. For they are superheroes, aren’t they? In short: a must have in our modern times of service.

Nobody knows what the future will bring – high tech waffling or a flashback into stone age.
But we do know that there will be another program of the foolpool artistgroup: “The Herd of Mechanical Creatures”.

Max and Marcus at-it’s-best. Screwing, constructing, welding, developing – do it yourself – taking apart some old bikes.  After one year the first prototype had been ready. After two years there were eight more members of that herd. Slowly they pass by. Trampling, mumbling, stumbling, steaming. Sprockets rotate, chains jangle, metallic eyes glow. Shepherds try to keep these creatures on the some kind of track. A performance combining mobile theatre with art-installation. Art that slows you down, making the moment last longer.

At the same time Armin is working on an incredible new idea: “W-ART – The Art of Waiting”. W-ART is an artistic telephone hotline and service innovation that helps to relax waiting situations in different places with a wink of the eye. In a mobile, theatrical performance, several W-ART consultants communicate a free telephone number to the waiting audience.

When calling the W-ART hotline, their guests land in a modular, interactive telephone radio play on the subject of waiting and philosophize about waiting while waiting.

It will be interesting to see what the creative-pool of foolpool will think of next in order to inspire the audience.

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