by and with Metzger / Zimmermann / de Perrot
Is the world falling off its own edge?
One grows older; with time everyone’s future evaporates, and the amount of memories one can look into grows just as fast. The protagonists, called statesmen, get to the edge of the world where existence is most intense, but also most questionable. The moment comes when the representatives no longer want to face their cruel exposed state and instead prefer to go into retreat together, into a closed system of processes and movements and defined relationships.
Janei is a crazy game with associations, insinuations and resentments, in a world where power games and insecure identity are the rule. There is no story in the usual sense here, but rather a telescoped, blown-away common destiny full of twists and mix-ups. A difficult policy, a summit of confusion, a merry-go-round of dictators, a lethargic circus of self-dissolution.
Dimitri de Perrot was co-founder and co-director of the artist collective MZdP (Metzger/Zimmermann/de Perrot, 1998-2005) and the Swiss directing duo Zimmermann & de Perrot (2006-2017). They invented a unique and world wide acclaimed form of physical theater mixing music, visual arts, dance, clownerie and modern circus. From these collaborations emerged two internationally active production offices. With their productions he performed life on stage for almost two decades.
Zimmermann & de Perrot
Trio MZdP (Metzger/Zimmermann/dePerrot)
Hans was Heiri
Chouf Ouchouf – mit der Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger
Direction, stage set and with: Gregor Metzger, Dimitri de Perrot, Martin Zimmermann
Choreography: Gregor Metzger, Martin Zimmermann
Music composition: Dimitri de Perrot
Construction stage set: Schauspielhaus Zürich, Ingo Groher
Dramaturgy: Simon Selbherr
Lighting design: Christophe Botiaux
Sound: Andy Nehresheimer
Sound direction: Felix Lämmli
Costume making: Schauspielhaus Zürich
General stage manager: Pius Aellig
Photography: Mario del Curto
Co-production: Kaserne Basel • Luzerntanz – choreographic center at the Luzernertheater • Îles de danse et La Ferme du Bulsson • Scéne Nationale de Marne-la Vallée • Schauspielhaus Zürich
With the support of: Präsidialdepatrement der Stadt Zürich • Pro Helvetia • Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich • Migros Kulturprozent • Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation • Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung • Stiftung Lis und Roman Clemens • Fondation Oertli Stiftung • Swiss Re
Final rehearsals at La Ferme du Buisson, Marne-la-Vallée with premiere on the 17th of January 2004.
All photos © Mario Del Curto