Fou Fou Ha! is an ensemble of animated character performers who thrill audiences with over the top shows filled with Circus antics, jaw-dropping dance numbers to high-energy music and audience interactive playfulness. The Fous are a family of enticing, colourful, sexy performers, each owning a unique character that celebrates individuality and unabashed human expression.
Loved by many wherever they go, FFH inspires audiences to celebrate, dance, let out their inner Fool and be comfortable with their shadow. Divine trixters, sexy activators, captivating performers, out of the ordinary show. This is theater at it’s best, and the Fous make sure you have a good time watching and engaging with us.
We had a chance to talk to Maya Lane creator of Fou Fou Ha about the troupe and their upcoming shows on July 28th and 29th at The Rio in Vancouver:
LM: Can you give us a brief but fascinating history of how Fou Fou Ha! came to be.
ML: It began when I was studying dance in Holland and the Cirque culture in Europe became very inspiring and influenced me a lot. When I came back to The States I had the chance to go to Burning Man and those two experiences combined with my love of the club kid aesthetics from the ‘90’s led me to create Fou Fou Ha. The clowning aspect grew organically from there.
LM: How did you get involved with The Rio?
ML: We were introduced to Corrine of the Rio by Jasper Patterson and Jamie Dewolf who is a well known performer in San Francisco who happens to do the annual Game of Thrones Live show, Corinne from the Rio came to see our show last year in SF and invited us to bring it to the Rio. This meeting made it so that we could do a yearly show at The Rio.
LM: Do you feel yourself to be a burlesque troupe that happens to clown… or a clown group that happens to also do burlesque?
ML: We didn’t start as either. We are a dance company who likes theatrics. But eventually, the aesthetic went to clowning and satire. Burlesque performance was also added later on as well. So, as a pure tracing of the genealogy of the show, we are clown troupe first.
LM: How many are in the troupe that is performing in the Vancouver show?
ML: 10 from San Fran and 4 from New York
And now.. not so serious questions we used to get to know people…What are your top 4 road trip songs?
LM: What are your top 4 road trip songs?
ML: My road trip songs are
- Alaska Thunderfuck – This Is My Hair
- Balkan Beat Box – Habibi Min Zaman
- Edith Piaf – Padam Padam
- Tricky – We Don’t Die
LM: Victor/Victoria or Cabaret? Cabaret
ML: Cabaret… gotta love Fosse!
LM: If you were early to get to your plane and you had 20$ what would you spend it on?
ML: A dry martini and an Italian Vogue
For a peek of what Fou Fou Ha! Is about please feast your eyes on the video below! Tickets and show information is here!