Dimitri de Perrot

by and with Metzger / Zimmermann / de Perrot (MZdP)

“Hoi” is the way you say hello in Swiss dialect. One says hello to greet someone but also to reassure oneself. The dancer, the musician and the acrobat have merged to one unit only to fall apart again in deafening noise. The debris are catapulted into the universe, where they have to find a way to survive. Alone, together, against each other. Light-heartedness remains at the mercy of the universe. An industrious soul tries to fabricate a controllable surrounding, but the natural forces he wanted to exclude succeed to re-enter through the fissures of his house. A restless soul conjures up the underworld and makes everything sound. Things form the surrounding and are deformed by the surrounding. How can they get together again without losing their individuality? The limitations of our existence become evident. The ground on which we look for stability is shaky and treacherous. A turntable turns into a circular saw or a clock, the sound of thunder into spheric harmony. The sky is upside down. Music is theatre, theatre is architecture. Somewhere in between these opposites MZdP are creating their own world in which they are searching for a universal folklore. Stone and wood magically become alive reuniting in a wild dance. Hoi creates a new perspective on our environment and ourselves and gives us a possibility for self-reassurance.

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.

More information
Zimmermann & de Perrot
Trio MZdP (Metzger/Zimmermann/dePerrot)

Main creations
Hans was Heiri
Chouf Ouchouf – mit der Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger
Öper Öpis
Gaff Aff

Direction, set design and with: Gregor Metzger, Dimitri de Perrot, Martin Zimmermann
Choreography: Gregor Metzger, Martin Zimmermann
Music composition: Dimitri de Perrot
Construction Set design: Théâtre de Vidy – Lausanne, Jean Corthésy, Ingo Groher
Lighting design: Christophe Botiaux
Sound: Andy Nehresheimer
Costumes: Franziska Born
Dramaturgy: George Weinand
Photography: Mario del Curto
Artistic direction and interpretation: Dimitri de Perrot, Gregor Metzger, Martin Zimmermann

Production: MZdP

Coproduction: Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne, luzerntanz-choreagrafic centre at the Luzerner Theater

With the support of: Pro Helvetia • Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich • Fondation Nestlé pour l’art • Migros Kulturprozent • Swiss Society of Authors, • Landis & Gyr Foundation • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation • Ambrosoli Foundation • Oertli Foundation • Lis & Roman Clemens Foundation

Final rehearsals at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne with premier on the 17th of September 2001

All Photos © Mario Del Curto, excepte last one © by Caroline Minjolle

MYOUSIC with Julian Sartorius
Photo © Augustin Rebetez

Photo © Adrian Huber

Concerts & DJ Sets
Photo © Unknown

KLIRR @ Klang Moor Schopf
Photo © DdePerrot

MYOUSIC - Recording Sessions
Photo © Peter Tillessen

MYOUSIC with Julian Sartorius
Photo © Augustin Rebetez

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

Photo © Mario Del Curto

MYOUSIC with Julian Sartorius
Photo © Augustin Rebetez