Martin Zimmermann's one-man show "Hallo" to be staged in September


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's "Boundless Multimedia" Series will present "Hallo" by Zimmermann & de Perrot from Switzerland in September.

     This is a solo performance featuring a creative blend of mime, dance and circus routines. Martin Zimmermann's one-man show is an attempt to fling the absurdities of his inner life inside out and get a grip on his bizarre thought processes. For the setting of "Hallo", he has chosen a frame structure, turning it into a shop window-type space to showcase a tragicomic figure driven by the desire to become what he appears to be.

The staid and seemingly static framework turns out to be much more dynamic and fragile than one may have thought. The performer tries to adapt himself to the ever more out-of-control world of appearances. Objects come alive and fly around his head and magic overflows from the space, obliterating the border between fiction and reality.

     Martin Zimmermann is a director, choreographer and physical actor in Switzerland.

He is one of the founders of Zimmermann & de Perrot and he has been appearing onstage for about 20 years. With "Hallo" he presents for the first time a solo creation. Humour, magic and absurdity give rise to the singularity of Zimmermann's artistic works.

For his pieces he invents whimsical, outlandish worlds in which to stage his figures and bizarre objects. He often extracts the ordinary from reality and sets it in his parallel worlds, where it appears oddly misplaced and absurd. He wreaks havoc on conventions, challenges the customary, unveils the hidden, allows the improbable to emerge as plausible and prompts viewers to think differently.

He has performed over the years in renowned theatres and festivals across Europe and around the world, including in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

     "Hallo" will be staged at 8pm on September 8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday) and at 3pm on September 10 (Sunday) at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $220 and $280 are now available at URBTIX (http://www.urbtix.hk" target="_blank">www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999.

     For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7323 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/multi_arts/programs_307.html" target="_blank">www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/multi_arts/programs_307.html

     A post-performance talk (to be conducted in English) will be held on September 8.



Published on: 2017-08-11

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