Dimitri de Perrot


by Zimmermann & de Perrot
with: Blancaluz Capella, Victor Cathala, Rafael Moraes, Dimitri de Perrot, Kati Pikkarainen, Eugénie Rebetez, Martin Zimmermann

The action takes place on an unstable stage that can tilt in response to movements made by the protagonists. It constitutes the uncertain basis on which the characters, alone or in pairs, display themselves – thereby risking life and limb. The encounters are soft, fleeting, spectacular and daring, and more often than not result in a decline. As the characters untiringly seek new challenges in their relationships with the others, they upset the balance and are thereby in danger of losing the ground under their feet. Everyday situations unravel into absurdity.

With compassion and humour, Öper Öpis is about the impossibility of finding in others what one is really looking for: oneself.

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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 other.

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
Devised and performed by: Blancaluz Capella / Victor Cathala / Rafael Moraes / Dimitri de Perrot / Kati Pikkarainen / Eugénie Rebetez / Martin Zimmermann
Dramaturgy: Sabine Geistlich
Light: Christa Wenger
Sound: Andy Neresheimer
Construction Decor: Ingo Groher and Schauspielhaus Zurich
Costumes: Franziska Born
Costume assistant: Carola Bachmann
Light direction: Pierre Villard / Catherine Rutishauser
Sound direction: Franck Bourgoin / Andy Neresheimer
Stage manager: Marcello Pirrone
Stage direction: Pavel Dagorov
Oeil extérieur: Fritz Bisenz
Technical director: Ursula Degen
Administration and distribution: Alain Vuignier
International producer: Claire Béjanin
Photography: Mario del Curto
Artistic direction: Dimitri de Perrot / Martin Zimmermann

Production: Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot

Schauspielhaus Zurich • Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne • Théâtre de la Ville, Paris Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg • Pour-cent culturel Migros • La Filature, scène nationale – Mulhouse • Le Merlan, scène nationale à Marseille • Le-Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne • La Ferme du Buisson scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée Equinoxe, scène nationale de Châteauroux • Opéra Dijon • Theater Chur • London International Mime Festival

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 Foundation • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation • Sophie und Karl Binding Foundation • SSA swiss society of authors

Final rehearsals at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne with premier on the 29 October 2008

Duration: 1h10
Genre: Dance / Theatre / Circus / Music

UNLESS by Dimitri de Perrot
(Photo © Adrian Huber)

KLIRR by Dimitri de Perrot
(Photo © DdePerrot)

ÖPER ÖPIS by Zimmermann & de Perrot
(Photo © Mario Del Curto)

GAFF AFF by Zimmermann & de Perrot
(Photo © Mario Del Curto)

MYOUSIC - Creation Recording Sessions
(Photo © Peter Tillessen)

ANGSTGOT - EP by Dimitri de Perrot
(Poster by Suntic Record)

DJ Sets by Dimitri de Perrot since 1995 - Flyer collection
(© various artists)

DJ Sets by Dimitri de Perrot since 1995
(Photo © Unknown/Archiv DdePerrot)