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Gaff Aff

Fondation BNP Paribas 2006

Choreographer(s) : Zimmermann, Martin (Switzerland) De Perrot, Dimitri (Switzerland)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : Zimmermann & de Perrot

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Gaff Aff

Fondation BNP Paribas 2006

Choreographer(s) : Zimmermann, Martin (Switzerland) De Perrot, Dimitri (Switzerland)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : Zimmermann & de Perrot

en fr

Gaff Aff

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.
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 scenogra- phy enter into an intensive interaction.


Source : Zimmermann & de Perrot

Zimmermann, Martin

Martin Zimmermann was born in 1970 and grew up in Wildberg, a small Swiss village. After studying set design, he graduated from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (C.N.A.C.) in France. Following his return to Zurich in 1998 he began to work as a choreographer and director. Ever since then, Martin Zimmermann has worked in partnership mainly with the composer and director Dimitri de Perrot with whom he co-directs the company Zimmermann & de Perrot. They have performed their productions around the world. Several of their pieces were created at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne: Hoi (2001, Gaff Aff (2006), Öper Öpis (2008) and Hans was Heiri (2012)

Martin Zimmermann lives and works in Zurich.


More information : zimmermanndeperrot.com

De Perrot, Dimitri

Dimitri de Perrot was born in 1976 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. After matriculating from the Kunstgymnasium in Zurich he developed further as a self-taught musician and composer. In 1998 he turned his attention to the theater, and began to work as a director.


Source : Zimmermann & de Perrot


More information : zimmermanndeperrot.com

Gaff Aff

Artistic direction / Conception : Zimmermann & de Perrot

Choreography : Martin Zimmermann

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Jlien Dütschler

Stage direction : Zimmermann & de Perrot

Original music : Dimitri de Perrot

Lights : Ursula Degen, Sammy Marchina/Jérôme Bueche/Ursula Degen (régie)

Settings : Pius Aellig/Jean-Marc Gaillard (construction)

Technical direction : Ursula Degen

Sound : Andy Neresheimer, Felix Lämmli/Franck Bourgoin/Andy Neresheimer (régie)

Other collaborations : Aurélien Bory/Arnaud Clavet/Goury/Aline Muheim/Lex Trüb (collaborations artistiques)

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot (Production), Alain Vuignier (Administration et diffusion), Claire Béjanin (Productrice internationale) — Coproduction Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne / Le Merlan, Scène nationale à Marseille / Theater Chur / Théâtre associé, PiuFestival – Brescia — Soutien à la création Ville de Zurich – affaires culturelles / Service aux affaires culturelles du Canton de Zurich/Pro Helvetia-Fondation suisse pour la culture/Pour-cent culturel Migros/ Fondation Sophie et Karl Binding / Fondation Ernst Göhner / SSA Société Suisse des Auteurs Zimmermann & de Perrot bénéficie d‘un contrat coopératif de subvention entre la ville de Zurich - affaires culturelles, le service aux affaires culturelles du Canton de Zurich et Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture. — Zimmermann & de Perrot bénéficie depuis 2006 du soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas pour le développement de ses projets. — Résidence de fin de création au Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, première le 23 octobre 2006.

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