Zimmermann & de Perrot
A society’s discards – useless husks of its lifestyle – a leftover cardboard carton: from this, the choreographer and the musician begin to construct a fragile entity that ends up being their own stage set. A vibrant, self-sustaining construction takes shape, which they lovingly, trustingly allow to grow. With a flick of the wrist, a cut, a fold, a bend and a break, the space takes shape for a theatre, a stage, a home where they find identity and meaning. The cardboard is light, pliable, manageable, insulating. But it has the instability of a temporary arrangement. This fragility resembles that of human existence.>> more
-A sort of nesting boxes of events ensues when Martin Zimmermann and Dimitri de Perrot construct their new existence, as Zimmermann promotes himself and becomes a modern attraction: human being as marionette, curio, illusionist or as Man dressed up as Man. A carousel, a stage, a dance floor – resembling a huge turntable. The musician cranks it up, it becomes the display apparatus, and the characters themselves can no longer recognize the border between voluntary and involuntary exposure.
Attempting to conform to modern life, Zimmermann’s character teeters on the edge of frustration and melancholy, only to turn himself, within the same turn, into a laughter-filled, poetic parody of being human, as his Self, going around and around like the needle on a turntable, edges ever closer. The musician Dimitri de Perrot plays the environment. But the music also creates the dreamworld, the secret inner world of the „other me“ of Zimmermann’s split character, and develops into a character itself – the music character – that intervenes, disturbs, reacts, caresses and comforts.
Gaff Aff is a carousel of life, a poetic, contemporary orchestration of music, circus, fine arts and choreography, where the music character, the movement character and the dynamic scenography enter into an intensive interaction.
Zimmermann & de Perrot
|Concept, direction, stage design and interpretation:||Zimmermann & de Perrot|
|Composition:||Dimitri de Perrot|
|Sound, electronics:||Andy Neresheimer|
|Light direction:|| Sammy Marchina /
Jérôme Bueche /
|Sound direction:|| Felix Lämmli /
Franck Bourgoin /
|Construction Decor:||Pius Aellig|
|Packaging research:||Claude Gloor|
|Artistic collaboration:|| Aurélien Bory
|Dramaturgy collaboration:||Jlien Dütschler|
|Technical director:||Ursula Degen|
|Administration and tourmanagement:||Alain Vuignier|
|International producer:||Claire Béjanin|
|Artistic direction:||Dimitri de Perrot / Martin Zimmermann|
|Production:||Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot|
|Coproduction:|| Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Le Merlan, Scène nationale à Marseille
Participating theatre: PiuFestival – Brescia
|With support from:|| Pro Helvetia – swiss arts council,
City of Zurich – department of cultural affaires
Canton of Zurich – service of cultural affairs
Migros Culture Percentage
Sophie und Karl Binding Foundation
Ernst Göhner Foundation
SSA – swiss society of authors
Zimmermann & de Perrot are backed by a cooperative contract of support between the city of Zurich’s department of cultural affaires, the cultural affairs service of Canton Zurich and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
Since 2006 Zimmermann & de Perrot have enjoyed the support of Foundation BNP Paribas for development of their projects.
|Final rehearsals and premiere|| Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
October 23, 2006