*27.01.1984 Pforzheim

2003/2004   Desmond Jones School of Mime & Physical Theatre London

2006/2010   Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen, Diplom Bühnentanz

Daniel Ernesto MUELLER 

*02.04.1980 Schlüchtern

2001/2006   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität Frankfurt Main,                                         Lehramt Primarstufe, Erstes Staatsexamen

2006/2010   Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen, Diplom Bühnentanz

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 achievments in the field of the performing arts.


HARTMANNMUELLERbelieve in the body as the ideal means of expression, since it can be used in its entirety, almost limitless in the sense of stage performance. Movement, voice, and intellectual association with a concept - all facets of the body are considered by both as a complex entity and are always exhausted to the extreme. 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 which seriousness is always doubted. 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. The structure and execution of their actions is usually rather ambiguous which makes whatever happens on stage less obvious. The work of HARTMANNMUELLER is not pointed at any particular target audience. They are rather working on a universal stage language, which can be equally accessible for young and old viewers. So far, there has never been any age limitation or classification around any of their works