my saturday went pretty well until I realized it was monday

2018 | stage production | Premiere 01. + 02. + 03. 11.2018 tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

 

Trying to preserve a human body - depending on the type of conservation -  can be anything from poetic to macabre to somewhat entertaining or destructive. In any case, it challenges us to look at the potential and limitations of a body. Then, when a body is vacuum-packed or wrapped in plastic, it can lead to severe deformations or changes in its meaning and functions. 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 - to the year 2018 where the world remains out of joint and a delusional confusion around physical limitations begins.

Choreography, concept, music composition: HARTMANNMUELLER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Dramaturgy: Annette Müller

Light: Philipp Zander

Photo: ©Dennis Yenmez

 

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.


in danger

2017  |  stage production  |  Premiere 19. + 20. + 21. 12.2017  tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

 

HARTMANNMUELLER take an intimate look at human existence in their new piece. They define a space with precise actions, construct a situation, connect the body to a sculpture and proceed to examine the arrangement for its theatrical impact. They play with the perception of time in elaborate pictures, straining the moment to its maximum. Visitors experience unforeseen metamorphoses of the bodies, induced by HARTMANNMUELLER. In this, they ask how a term for the body comes about, for the limits of manipulation and how such radical intervention effect that which defines humanity. Monstrous and disfigured moments encrust the human sculpture emerging from the artist duo’s laboratory. The soundtrack for the analysis of the human body and its malleability comes from sound and image artist Orson Hentschel, as he did in the preceding productions.

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Music: Orson Hentschel

Light: Philipp Zander

Stage design: Felix Ersig

Dramaturgy: Annette Müller

Photos: ©Dennis Yenmez

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, sponsored by the cultural office of the state capital Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW

and the department of culture and science of the state of NRW.


You are not alone

2016  |  stage production  |  Premiere 17. + 18.11.2016  Fabrik Heeder Krefeld

 

In „You are not alone“ HARTMANNMUELLER strip the here and now and escort the audience with repetitions and variations to astonishing dimensions of imagination. Somewhere between dream and reality lies this expedition, exposing a new reality with colors, light and shadows and music. Each new discovery reveals illuminating insights which the both of them traverse like restlessly driven men. With the increase of physicality to the extreme the imagined is directly inscribed in the body and their experience. HARTMANNNUELLER make it their task to seduce the audience with a look at an unknown world and an irritating state of emotions.

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Music: Orson Hentschel

Light: Philipp Zander

Stage design: Felix Ersig

Dramaturgy: Annette Müller

Photos: ©Dennis Yenmez + ©Peter Sawicki

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER, coproduced by the cultural office of the city of Krefeldand tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, sponsored by the cultural office of the state capital Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW and the department of family, children, youth, culture and sport of the state of NRW.


Under The Bridge

2016  |  side-specific performance | Premiere 01. + 08.07.2016 under the Schönwasserpark bridge of the A57 Krefeld

 

Revealing unexpected sides of the power of imagination, HARTMANNMUELLER transport the audience to a suggested twilight world situated somewhere between dreams and reality. Every new discovery is accompanied by illuminating insights from the duo who take it on themselves to seduce us into joining them in ›Du bist nicht allein‹ (›You are not alone‹) in an imaginary unknown cosmos that shines in the colours and the light of the nineteen nineties.

Concept: HARTMANNMUELLER + Felix Ersig

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller, Felix Ersig

 

Music: ›A Smooth One‹ (Benny Goodman) played by Buddy Rich

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER, coproduced by the cultural office of the city of Krefeld


it is what it is 

2015  |  stage production  |  Premiere 17. + 18. + 19.12.2015 tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

 

In the new production by HARTMANNMUELLER two performers execute different actions on stage. A voiceover precisely describes what is happening on the stage, it directs the audience to details and comments on the supposed emotional state of the actors. “It is what is is” establishes a kind of moving picture and a game of shifting perspectives and possible interpretations. Do the two performers stand for different persons or for two ways of looking at one person? Does the off-voice direct the rhythm and the nature of the actions or do the performers have freedom for design?

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Music: Johannes Eimermacher

Stage design: Felix Ersig

Photos: ©Dennis Yenmez

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER in cooperation with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, sponsored by the cultural office of the state capital Düsseldorf 

and the department of family, children, youth, culture and sport of the state of NRW.


FRAGRANCE – ein bewegtes Stillleben

2015  |  Installation  |  Dauer: 1 Stunde  |  Premiere PACT Zollverein Essen  |  ATELIER SPEZIAL

 

Zwei sich ständig wiederholende Abläufe. Kein Anfang. Kein Ende. Ein sich immer wiederholendes Bild. Eine Ablagerung in der Luft. HARTMANNMUELLER üben sich in Ausdauer. Ein Versuch.

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Music: Johannes Eimermacher

Stage design: Felix Ersig

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER in cooperation with PACT Zollverein Essen


Melodies for dreaming

2014  |  stage production  |  Premiere 18. + 19.12.2014 tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

 

Two record players of faux teakwood, a few worn loudspeakers, records with covers which have seen better days and some junk from glamour days long gone. The music starts and leads the audience, together with the two guys on stage, to nostalgic dreams. Over and over again things are rearranged, clichés are being questioned, pop quotes are added, rooms measured, bodies twisted, poses set in scene, masks are being torn down and relationships are presented. Following last year’s “Zurück zum Hund” , presented at tanzhaus nrw as part of the talent show titled “Now & Next”, the group around Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Müller anew developed a dance performance full of speed and irony. They got to know each other during their studies at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and for some time have made an impression with the Düsseldorf ensemble of the Ben J. Riepe Company. “Melodien zum Träumen” is their first full length performance.

Choreography, Concept: HARTMANNMUELLER

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Photos: ©Dennis Yenmez

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER in cooperation with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, sponsored by the cultural office of the state capital Düsseldorf

and the department of family, children, youth, culture and sport of the state of NRW.


Back to the dog

2013  |  stage production  |  Premiere tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf | Now & Next 

 

The new production "Back to the dog" by HARTMANNMUELLER is simply beautiful. Nice ugly, pretty dramatic, pretty funny, nice and beautiful. The duo, here set up as a trio, supplemented by the dancer Lenah Flaig, presents her new play "Back to the Dog". With a mixture of precision, humor and absurdity, the viewer becomes the viewer of oblique, pictorial scenes in which the figures move. What exactly is not revealed. The viewer is given the opportunity to lose himself in what happens on the stage. The happy ending, which seems to be within reach, is being changed and delayed from image to image. The beautiful is distorted, doubted and dissected.

Choreography: HARTMANNMUELLER

Performers: Lenah Flaig, Daniel Ernesto Mueller, Simon Hartmann

Music: Christian Dahlen

Assistenz: Céline Larrère

Foto: ©Zerrin

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER in cooperation with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf


die galactic twins

2012  |  stage production  |  Premiere tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf  |  Now & Next

 

HARTMANNMUELLER  deals in the galactic twins  with the phenomenon of the twin. A close bond between two people who, viewed from the outside, seem to construct their particular universe - from moral concepts and forms of communication that are understandable only to twins. Simon Hartmann, himself born as twin, associates with Daniel Ernesto Mueller numerous parallels in his CV. They lived, studied, choreographed and worked together in the Company of Ben J. Riepe for several years. This resulted in an intense confrontation with the opposite, which forms the starting point of the piece. In particular, the duet explores the question of how the shared life-world can be broken up in order to develop opportunities to perceive oneself as an individual. How much autonomy and how much connectedness do you need to be equal to each other? In the galactic twins  HARTMANNMUELLER are in search of aesthetics and humor that define their "twin-being".

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER

Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller

Musik Komposition: Johannes Hartmann

Photos: ©Dennis Yenmez

 

A production by HARTMANNMUELLER in cooperation with tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf


Das Röhren der Hirsche

Januar 2009  |  Bühnenstück

 

Premiere Prinz Regent Theater Bochum | Januar 2009

Choreography, concept: HARTMANNMUELLER + Tim Gerhards

Darsteller: Tim Gerhards, Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller