Dimitri de Perrot is an internationally active and awarded Swiss artist, musician, director and since 2014 a regular mentor and guest lecturer at the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts). At the core of his research-based work is narration through and with sound and the exploration of new, trans-disciplinary forms of production between theatre, music and installation.

Born in 1976 in Neuchâtel, the french part of Switzerland, Dimitri de Perrot graduated 1997 from Art School in Zurich after which he developed further as a musician and composer. Dimitri de Perrot's method of working is characterized by an intensive self-study in various disciplines. In 1998 he turned his attention to theater, and began to work as a director, musician, stage designer and cultural entrepreneur. He has worked with dancers and circus artists for many years, staged interdisciplinary theatre and music projects, and composed for film and theatre.

He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of the artist collective MZdP and the Swiss directing duo ZIMMERMANN & DE PERROT. The collaborative pieces he worked on with MZdP include GOPF (1999), HOI (2001) and JANEI (2004) and with the duo ZIMMERMANN & DE PERROT he presented GAFF AFF (2006), ÖPER ÖPIS (2008), CHOUF OUCHOUF (2009, interpreted by the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger) and HANS WAS HEIRI in 2012. These productions have toured internationally and have been performed in such renowned venues as BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music - New York), Festival d‘Avignon, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Barbican London, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Schauspielhaus Zürich and Sydney Opera House, among others.

In his recent works he is expanding the focus on areas such as fine art and public space. With MYOUSIC (2016) he created and toured a scenic sculpture for theatre spaces, without actors on stage, using sound, space, light and visuals as equivalent, narrative structures. In 2017, de Perrot presented the installation STRANDGUT UND BLUMEN at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, and his space-filling sound installation DREAMS & NIGHTMARES (2017) at Festival Roma Europa / Istituto Svizzero di Roma.

Dimitri de Perrot lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dimitri de Perrot is managed by Verein Studio DdP.

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Dimitri de Perrot - UNLESS
Premier the 13th of July at Hong Kong Arts Centre / Hysan Place

"UNLESS" is a sounding sculpture placed in the large entrance hall of Hysan Place – a historic shopping mall in the centre of Causeway Bay – Hong Kong. “Unless” immerses a walk-through stage with a musical composition and cinematographic sound design that gives the Atrium a staged plane. The visitor is invited to participate in the emerging of the moment: walk through or sit down, watch and listen to its surrounding. An inspiring moment of slowing down the everydays fast pace.

The entrance hall of Hysan Place is a central meeting place in the neighbourhood and as such a place of passage and chance encounters. While history and stories tell of great deeds and events, life consists above all of interim moments, transitions and small situations on the way; from one place to another, from one question to the next. "UNLESS" turns it’s attention to the seeming triviality of the ordinary that we may lose in the hustle of everyday life and that we tend to ignore or forget - the dynamic moment, the subtle and the diverse habitat of the self in the now and here.

"UNLESS" is the new creation of Dimitri de Perrot. It will premier the 13th of July 2018 at the Hysan Place in Hong Kong within Cultural Masseur, the Multi-Arts Festival of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.


UNLESS - Concept / artistic direction / composition / set design: Dimitri de Perrot. Technical support stage set: Patrick Hari. Additional music and sound research: David Bircher, Michael Flury, Vera Kappeler, Julian Sartorius, Peter Bräker. Sound engineer at ICST: Peter Färber. Sound design: Jay Schütz. Construction assistant: Leo Hoffmann. Technical production manager Hong Kong: Jacob Wo and Martin Leung. Production Manager Hong Kong: Josie Lee, Ian Leung. Technical direction Studio DdP: Pablo Weber. Administration Studio DdP: Jlien Dütschler. Direction Studio DdP: Dimitri de Perrot.

Production: Studio DdP. Coproduction: Hong Kong Arts Centre, ICST (Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology @ Zurich University of the Arts - ZHdK) Sponsor: Hysan Place. Support: Zurich department of cultural affaires, Department of cultural affaires Canton Zurich, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Stiftung Corymbo, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung. End rehearsals at Hong Kong Arts Centre. Premiere the 13th of July 2018 at Hysan Place Hong Kong.

The Performances at Hong Kong Arts Centre are supported by Pro Helvetia and Pro Helvetia Shanghai - Swiss Arts Council, 由瑞士文化基金会上海办公室支持”.

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Dimitri de Perrot – MYOUSIC
with Julian Sartorius (drums)

MYOUSIC is a scenic sculpture for theatre spaces without actors on stage. It gives the leading role to sound. In shifting the familiar hierarchy of image and sound in the theatre, this piece extends sensory experiences and stimulates a dialogue about established ways of thinking and reaction.

Voices of the press:

“Myousifique!” – Tages-Anzeiger
“A magical theater experience” – BzBasel
“When sounds let your imagination run free” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung
“MYOUSIC evokes the pulse of the moment, the living present.” – Radio SRF 2
“De Perrots sound installation opens the pores of our perception” – Luzerner Zeitung
“Suddenly, the music can be seen.” SonntagsZeitung
“Rich, colorful and indescribable – that‘s MYOUSIC.” – DNA Alsace
“Surrealism for your ears” – 041 Cultural Magazine


MYOUSIC – Concept, direction, stage design, music: Dimitri de Perrot. Drums and music: Julian Sartorius. Dramaturgy: Sabine Geistlich. Sound design and electronics: Andy Neresheimer. Light design: Tina Bleuler. Development and construction stage design: Ingo Groher. Costume design: Franziska Born. Oeil extérieur: Phil Hayes. With the voices of: Lara Barsacq, Laslo de Perrot, Tarek Halaby, Laurence Mayor, Gaël Santisteva, Fred Ulysse. Instruments: Hyazintha Andrej (Cello), Jonas Ehrler (Conductor strings), Michael Flury (trombone), Johanneschor Kriens (Choir conductor: Christov Rolla), Ephrem Lüchinger (Piano), Melina Murray (violin), Maria Scheidegger (violin). Assistance Sample Editing: Peter Bräker, Dong Liu, Martin Scheuter. Assistance building of stage: Jorge Bompadre, Sarah Büchel, Maxim Komarov, Wim Kolb, Nino de Perrot. Light direction: Karl Egli, Pablo Weber, Barbara Widmer. Sound direction: Felix Lämmli, Andy Neresheimer, Jay Schütz. Stage manager: Jorge Bompadre, Pablo Weber. Technical direction Studio DdP: Pablo Weber. Administration Studio DdP: Jlien Dütschler. Direction Studio DdP: Dimitri de Perrot.

Executive production: Studio DdP. Production: Zimmermann & de Perrot. Coproduction: Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg – scène européenne, Migros Kulturprozent, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Südpol Luzern, Theater Chur, Zurich University of the Arts – ZHdK. Support: Burgergemeinde Bern, Cassinelli-Vogel Stiftung, Corymbo Stiftung, Fondation BNP Paribas, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Kultur Stadt Bern, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Zurich department of cultural affaires, Department of cultural affaires Canton Zurich, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. MYOUSIC as Artist-in-Residence at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK. Final Rehearsal at Südpol Luzern, Premiere on 8th June 2016.

The Performances at Hong Kong Arts Centre are supported by Pro Helvetia and Pro Helvetia Shanghai - Swiss Arts Council, 由瑞士文化基金会上海办公室支持”.

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The projects of Dimitri de Perrot / Verein Studio DdP are supported by: Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Stiftung Corymbo and Ernst Göhner Stiftung. 

Website by Teo Schifferli, Programming by Felix Hofmann-Wissner, Pictures: Top MYOUSIC, photo © by Augustin Rebetez; buttom STRANDGUT & BLUMEN, photo © by D. de Perrot