HANS WAS HEIRI
by Zimmermann & de Perrot
With: Tarek Halaby, Dimitri Jourde, Dimitri de Perrot, Gaël Santisteva, Mélissa Von Vépy, Methinee Wongtrakoon, Martin Zimmermann
Hans was Heiri builds on the insight that we humans are surprisingly similar when it comes to basic needs and desires. Does life often seem to fail simply because we, as individuals, try so hard to be unique and different? In Hans was Heiri, Zimmermann & de Perrot approach this conundrum with wit, humour, frustration and philosophical depth. Together with five outstanding circus artists and dancers, they again manage, based on the artistic quality of their production, to take audiences to places beyond expectations. Different, the same, or just difference in sameness Whatever, Hans was Heiri.
DREAMS & NIGHTMARES was commissioned by the Swiss Institute of Rome (ISR) in co-production with the Romaeuropa Festival to create a space of reflection about the migratory phenomena and their impacts.
The theater of Zimmermann & de Perrot (2006-2017) is based on precise observation, humorous repetition, distortion, and the artistically accomplished transformation of everyday interactions, giving the little things in life a big platform. Using bodies, objects and music Zimmermann & de Perrot compose funny, unconventional theatre pieces within a changing scenography. At the centre of their work is the human being – with all ist human fragility and contradictions. Their characters are driven to make the impossible possible. They are very physical and possess a marvelous artisanry as peformers. Their wordless theater is full of absurd humor and a deep love of detail. Objects are living beings. People are things. It’s not always obvious what it’s about, so you are compelled to think in unaccustomed ways.
The magic world of the directing team Zimmermann & de Perrot has performed over the years in renowned theaters and festivals across Europe and around the world: Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Festival d‘Avignon, Barbican London, Sydney Opera House, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Grec Festival Barcelona, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Usine C Montréal, Hong Kong Cultural Center, De Singel Antwerpen, Greek Festival Athens, among others.
The two artists tour and create in a very intense rhythm; they have several shows on tour at the same time, performing in most of them. They are being talked about in the international press – magazines, journals and newspapers like the New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, El Pais, Libération, Les Inrockuptibles, ELLE, Télérama, The Guardian… In Le Nouvel Observateur Raphaël de Gubernatis celebrated their work as “poetic extravagance – dreamlike and acutely intelligent”. Thomas Hahn of the German magazine Ballettanz writes that every Zimmermann & de Perrot piece “breaks through all aesthetic boundaries, including the limits of tradition. Splendid!” Dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov invited Zimmermann & de Perrot to New York. He described their theater as follows: Zimmermann & de Perrot offer the whole package, extraordinary design concepts and brilliant performances. I was really impressed. They are real innovators in my view. Both of them are great, great masters.” And Rosita Boisseau of Le Monde says that just as the style of Pina Bausch became known as “Tanz-Theater”, a new term could be invented for Zimmermann & de Perrot: “Theater-Circus”.
Zimmermann & de Perrot have won several awards, including the Foundation Heinz Spoerli Award 2013, the Swiss Choreography Prize (2009), the Cultural Advancement Prize of Canton Zurich (2010), the Swiss Design Prize (2008, 2010 and 2011 in the category of set design), the Swiss Innovation Prize (2008), among others.Their team – on and off stage – presently includes about 40 acrobats, dancers, actors, technicians and many others; they also run their own production company. Zimmermann & de Perrot are independent and are not bound to any institution.
Concept, direction and stage design: Zimmermann & de Perrot
Composition: Dimitri de Perrot
Choreography: Martin Zimmermann
Created with: Tarek Halaby, Dimitri Jourde, Dimitri de Perrot, Gaël Santisteva, Mélissa Von Vépy, Methinee Wongtrakoon, Martin Zimmermann
Dramaturgy: Sabine Geistlich
Construction Decor: Ingo Groher, Christiane Voth, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Costumes: Franziska Born
Light creation: Ursula Degen
Sound creation: Andy Neresheimer
Oeil extérieur: Eugénie Rebetez
Vocal Coach: Marcel Fässler
Yoga teacher: Dominique Müller
Light direction: Veit Kälin / Catherine Rutishauser
Sound direction: Franck Bourgoin / Felix Lämmli / Andy Neresheimer
Stage manager: Roger Studer / Jorge Bompadre
Stage direction: Mateu Pascual Labourdette / Jan Olieslagers
Technical production: Sarah Büchel
Photography: Marion del Curto
Accounting and Secretariat: Conny Heeb
Communication: Franziska Martin
Administration and booking: Alain Vuignier
International producer: Claire Béjanin
Artistic direction: Dimitri de Perrot / Martin Zimmermann
Production: Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot
Coproduction: Athens & Epidaurus Festival • Düsseldorf Festival • ECT/SCT Scène Catalane • Transfrontalière – Théâtre de l’Archipel (Perpignan) & El Canal, Centre d’Arts Scéniques (Salt) • Equinoxe, scène nationale de Châteauroux • Espace Jean Legendre • Théâtre de Compiègne • International Istanbul Theater Festival • La Filature, scène nationale de Mulhouse • Le Lieu Unique, scène nationale de Nantes • Le – Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – scène européenne • Le Volcan – scène nationale du Havre • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg • Pour-cent culturel Migros • Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, • Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia • Théâtre de la Ville, Paris • Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne • Zürcher Theater Spektakel
With the support of: Culture Department City of Zurich, Department of Culture Canton Zurich and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Foundation BNP Paribas, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, SSA – swiss society of authors.
With special thanks to: Theater Neumarkt
Final rehearsals at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne with premier on the 17 January 2012