For Öper Öpis, Zimmermann & de Perrot called upon five highly-skilled circus artists and dancers.
The setting is an unstable stage which can flip to better or worse each time a performer moves. Through this one-of-a-kind scenography, we follow the (extra)ordinary adventures of people who form a couple. These plain, everyday partners are faced with a third unknown element, with an unfamiliar person or situation that ends up destabilizing them. First of all, this “other” surprises then becomes enticing yet threatening. The encounters are delicate, ephemeral, spectacular, even audacious, and oblige the characters to take risks.
With great affection and humour, Öper Öpis recounts the insignificant and significant dramas of everyday relationships, this everyday life where everyone knows that they can very quickly push anyone, and everyone, beyond their depth.
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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.
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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.
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After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.
Artistic direction / Conception : Zimmermann et De Perrot
Choreography : Martin Zimmermann
Interpretation : Blancaluz Capella, Victor Cathala, Rafael Moraes, Dimitri De perrot, Kati Pikkarainen, Eugénie Rebetez, Martin Zimmermann
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Sabine Geistlich
Stage direction : Zimmermann et De Perrot
Original music : Dimitri De Perrot
Lights : Christa Wenger, Pierre Villard et Catherine Rutishauser (régie)
Costumes : Franziska Born
Settings : Zimmermann et De Perrot, Ingo Groher et Schauspielhaus Zürich (construction)
Technical direction : Ursula Degen
Sound : Andy Neresheimer, Franck Bourgoin et Andy Neresheimer (régie)
Other collaborations : Marcello Pirrone (régie plateau), Pavel Dagorov (régie générale) Administration et diffusion Alain Vuignier
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Alain Vuignier (administration et diffusion), Claire Béjanin (production internationale), Coproduction Schauspielhaus Zürich, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Pour-cent culturel Migros, la Filature - Mulhouse, Le Merlan – Marseille, Le Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg, La ferme du Buisson, Equinoxe, Opéra Dijon, Theater Chur, London international Mime Festival, Zimmermann et De Perrot Avec le soutien de la ville de Zürich – service aux affaires culturelles du Canton de Zürich, fondation Suisse pour la culture, Pro Helvetia, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Fondation Sophie et Karl Binding, SSA – Société Suisse des Auteurs, Zimmermann & De perrot bénéficie du soutien de la fondation BNP Paribas depuis 2006 pour le développement de ses projets/ Zimmermann & De perrot bénéficie d'un contrat coopératif de subvention entre la ville de Zürich – Affaires culturelles, le service au affaires culturelles du canton de Zürich, Pro Helvetia – Fondation Suisse pour la Culture
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Luc Riolon (réalisation), Gérard Sergent (directeur de la photographie), Bruno Rochet (prise de son), une coproduction 24IMAGES, LES FILMS DU PRESENT, GIE Grand Ouest Télévision - Pascal Brulon, en association avec Arte Live Web – Arte France et avec la participation de la Maison de la Danse de Lyon, du Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, de la région des Pays de la Loire, de la Région Rhône Alpes © 24 IMAGES – LES FILMS DU PRESENT - GIE GRAND OUEST TELEVISION 2010