A production by HARTMANNMUELLER, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, sponsored by Kunststiftung NRW and the Department of Culture and Science of the State of NRW.
Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
The guest-performance is supported by Goethe-Institut Bulgarien
“Absolutely worth watching it”, writes the regional German journal “WZ” about the newest piece of some of the most intriguing dance artists based in the North-German capital of dance Düsseldorf. Based on experiments with their own human flesh, HARTMANNMUELLER consider in their performance “my saturday went pretty well until I realized it was monday”, Shakespeare’s character Hamlet from a singular perspective – one that seems caught in its own constraints and its own body which HARTMANNMUELLER help to deconstruct. Appropriating Hamlet’s problems, they transfer them to the bodies of today – where the world remains out of joint and a delusional confusion around physical limitations begins.
HARTMANNMUELLER was founded in 2011 by Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Mueller. They met during their studies in contemporary dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In 2015 they were awarded by the city of Düsseldorf for their last achievements in the field of the performing arts.
HARTMANNMUELLER believe in the body as the ideal means of expression. Movement, voice, and intellectual association with a concept – all facets of the body are considered by both as a complex entity. Starting from a stage design or a special material, they elaborate the facets of the clichés and archetypes that are relevant for a particular piece, in order to distort them to the extreme or to remove them from their context. Their scenes are characterized by a tension between emotional content and ambiguously interpretable actions. The resulting irony is a very basic element of their work. In recent years HARTMANNMUELLER have been working on a physicality and a stage presence, which is not primarily concerned with contemporary movements. The duo relies on stylistic means of film and pop culture. Interaction with the audience is a key element of their performances.