Dimitri de Perrot

UNTER UNS – A Journey to the Undergrowth of Life
An enveloping sound play by Dimitri de Perrot
NEUE KREATION - Premiere on 7 November 2024 at the Gessnerallee Zurich

We listen to the ground in UNTER UNS*.  The ground is everything: everything comes from it and, in the end, everything returns to it. But what exactly is the ground? What we often perceive to be a silent matter of course is in reality a creative and diverse cosmos that draws its richness from an almost infinite weave of connections, collaborations and a carefully cared for balance – over all time, creatures, differences and changes.

By deep listening, the audience explores the hidden worlds of the ground as a vibrant treasure in an experimental theatrical experience. The scenography is made up of an expansive, sonorous and trembling floor. As a huge musical instrument, it invites the audience to lie down and listen to it. And those who do end up diving into a dynamic resonating space of sounds and noises that can be freely associated with the earth, ground or underground… with the rumbling depths and treasures of the earth, as well as the living surface that we cover with our traces every day.

*UNTER UNS: German for below us, but also between us, among us.

Dimitri de Perrot uses sound as a central theatrical narrative device in his expansive productions. He entices the audience to listen deeply – because he is convinced that hearing and the ability to listen are essential foundations for any kind of coexistence and for communities of equals. It is an ability that needs to be practiced repeatedly and cared for so that it can develop. The sound landscapes and spatial installations support an intense reflection on the borders between individuals and communities while they create a deep connection to a common reality.

The social issues of togetherness and being connected have been associated with de Perrot’s latest works and are expanded, intensified and observed from a different perspective in each creation. His last full-length creation, NIEMANDSLAND (2021), took place in the spaces in between human daily life. La Terrasse in France wrote: "Between the individual and collective, Dimitri de Perrot questions the barriers between individuals with quite some skill. He accomplishes the feat of being collective, even though he activates our most personal associations." In UNTER UNS, we listen to a world in which people are not the only center of events. Instead, they are part of a larger whole.

To create this piece, Dimitri de Perrot (idea, music, sound design, stage set and artistic director) was accompanied by a long-term and experienced team: Tina Bleuler / Patrik Rimann (lighting), Franziska Born (stage set – collaboration and material research), Leo Hoffmann (stage set – development and construction), Jessica Huber (research/ exterior eye), Christoph Meier (think tank and communication), Max Molling (sound design – mix and technical realization), Anna Papst (dramaturgy), Julian Sartorius (music – research and co-creation).

Idea, music, sound design, stage set and artistic direction: Dimitri de Perrot
Dramaturgy: Anna Papst
Music – research and co-creation: Julian Sartorius
Lighting design: Tina Bleuler
Sound design – mix and technical realization: Max Molling
Stage set – collaboration and material research: Franziska Born
Stage set – development and construction: Leo Hoffmann
Exterior eye and research: Jessica Huber
Communication & thinktank Studio DdP: Christoph Meier
Production management and touring: Studio DdP

Production: Studio DdP
Coproduction: Gessnerallee Zürich
Partner theater: Le Centquatre Paris, Broek Festival/NoNa – Mechelen, Festival Archipel Genève, Zürcher Theater Spektakel.

With the support of: Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Stiftung Corymbo, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Else v. Sick Stiftung.

Thanks to: Dampfzentrale Bern, Lydia Kluge, Urs Meier/Luft & Laune, Peter Sauter/Nullachtsechzehn, Schroeder fire balloons, ZAZ Bellerive - Zentrum Architektur Zürich.

Dimitri de Perrot developed the project UNTER UNS as an «Artist in Residence» at Le Centquatre Paris and received a «research contribution» from the city of Zürich and der Pro Helvetia as well as a «concept contribution» from Migros Kulturprozent.

The final rehearsals with the premiere on November 7, 2024, took place at the Gessnerallee Zürich. Public research moments took place with the installations INTO THE DIRT in March 2023 at the Festival Archipel Genève and in August 2024 at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel and with IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMETHING in June 2024 at the Broek Festivals/NoNa in Mechelen, Belgium.

The city of Zürich and Kanton Zürich support the projects by Dimitri de Perrot/Studio DdP with multi-year grants. The new support period will run until the end of 2027.

Dimitri de Perrot is «Artist in Residence» at Le Centquatre – Paris and «house artist» at the Gessnerallee Zürich.

MYOUSIC with Julian Sartorius
Photo © Augustin Rebetez

Photo © Adrian Huber

Concerts & DJ Sets
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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