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22 May - 05 June 2019

Eins Zwei Drei

Music Theatre
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​A tragicomedy about power struggle and human relations.

Three clowns come together in a sterile museum. The white-faced one dominant and educated, the others comical bunglers – one kind-hearted and naive, one cheeky and insensitive. How do they cope with living together in the strictly controlled environment? In their attempts to find their place in the system, they practically wage war on one another. The piece is about surviving in a small community in the throes of breaking down, and in an acrobatic, tragic and laughable way it is demonstrated how fragile the world actually is. The absurd story is musically underpinned by the fourth person on stage, celebrated jazz pianist Colin Vallon.

Eins Zwei Drei is an infernal, fast-moving and visually captivating performance, directed by the Swiss choreographer/scenographer/clown Martin Zimmermann. He takes a closer look at authority, submission and freedom, and the tensions that arise when encountering good taste, order and etiquette.

Zimmermann brought Hallo to the Bergen International Festival in 2016. His trademark is to bring circus archetypes into contemporary stage art, creating a surrealistic, visually impressive universe. For him the clown figure in modern theatre is always about existence. Eins Zwei Drei explores poetry, power struggle and the complexity and intricacy of interpersonal relationships.

'Zimmermann's genius lies in the interface between comedy and choreography, acrobatics and intellect.' – SONNTAGZEITUNG

Photo (top): Nelly Rodriguez. Photo (bottom): Augustin Rebetez



​1 h 30 min


  • Standard: 290/370/420
  • Senior: 261/333/378
  • Under 30: 190
  • FiB Fordel until 11 March: 203/259/294
  • FiB Fordel from 12 March: 232/296/336
  • DN Fordel: 246/314/357

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  • Martin Zimmermann concept, direction, choreography and costumes
  • Tarek Halaby, Dimitri Jourde, Romeu Runa, Colin Vallon created with and interpeted by
  • Colin Vallon music creation
  • Sabine Geistlich dramaturgy
  • Martin Zimmermann, Simeon Meier set design
  • Ingo Groher stage development, technical coordination
  • Andy Neresheimer sound design
  • Jérôme Bueche light design
  • Eugénie Rebetez artistic collaboration
  • Sarah Büchel assistant director
  • Roger Studer creation stage manager
  • Ingo Groher Ateliers du Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne decor construction
  • Michèle Rebetez-Martin painting
  • Katharina Baldauf, Doris Mazzella costumes, confection
  • Roger Studer stage manager
  • Sarah Büchel light direction
  • Franck Bourgoin sound direction
  • Sarah Büchel technical administrator
  • MZ Atelier communication
  • Conny Heeb accountant
  • Alain Vuignier production manager
  • Claire Béjanin international producer

  • Co-producers: Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018 • Kaserne Basel • Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre • Les 2 Scènes, scène nationale de Besançon • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg • Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne • Maison de la Culture de Bourges / Scène Nationale • Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain • Nebia – Biel / Bienne • Théâtre de la Ville, Paris • Theater Casino Zug • Theater Chur • Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne • Zürcher Theater Spektakel 
  • Supported by: Ernst Göhner Foundation • Cultural funds – Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA) • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation • Corymbo Foundation 

  • With special thanks to : IG Rote Fabrik • Theater Neumarkt, Zürich

  • Final rehearsals in Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne; premiere on April 24, 2018

  • Martin Zimmermann is supported by a cooperative funding agreement with the Culture Department City of Zurich, Department of Culture Canton Zurich and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

  • Martin Zimmermann is “Artiste associé” at Tanzhaus Zürich


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