ZIMMERMANN & DE PERROT Zürich
The young Buster Keaton and his virtuoso DJ
Two people build a fragile shelter out of simple boxes. With just a few moves, they change the space into a playground, then a home. The viewer can sense the instability of this temporary arrangement the entire time.
This is where “Gaff Aff” begins. Artist Zimmermann, a tall, thin man in a closely fit suit, stands at center stage. He tries to keep up with the demands of “modern” big city life – as a marionette, illusionist or expert in self-promotion who fails (spectacularly) time and time again. He makes a fool of himself for the audience’s amusement. He is powered by a large record player to the side of the stage, which is cranked by de Perrot. The musician manipulates the fool and sets the rhythm for his dance. The music reveals the world beyond the box as well as the fool’s inner self. The duo expresses what people in these “modern times” feel without any words, only using their bodies. These dummies are always on the edge of failure (and beyond), blurring the boundary between intentional and unintentional humor.
“Gaff Aff” explores the carousel of life in a strange and poetic combination of music, circus and dance. It is seductively brilliant in its simplicity, with fascinating images and sounds.
The review in the “Neue Züricher Zeitung” said: “The sound is great. This clownesque and musical performance art can even be considered edgy.” The piece was debuted in Lausanne in 2006. Martin Zimmermann and Dimitri de Perrot have been working outside the bounds of the standard categories of art for the past 10 years.
Martin Zimmermann was born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1970. Before starting his career in the performing arts, he studied decorative design. He completed his training as a circus performer at the “Centre National des Arts du Cirque“ in Paris. Today, the choreographer lives in Zürich.
Dimitri de Perrot was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1976 and attended art school in Italy. The DJ and composer switches between concert, film and theater music. He also lives in Zürich.
Co-production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E., Le Merlan, Scène nationale à Marseille, Theater Cur, Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot
With friendly support from: Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Migros-Kulturprozent, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, SSA – Schweizerische Autorengesellschaft
Sponsored by: Stiftung BNP Paribas