The attempt to conserve a human body might – depending on the method of conservation – turn out to be a lyrical or very macabre experience, at once perfectly entertaining or destructive. Anyway, the attempt at conservation issues a challenge to observe the potentials and boundaries of the body. Because if it is packaged in vacuum or clad in plastic, this will lead to deformation, as the body changes its meaning and function. When the chest becomes constricted as if wrapped in a corset, exhibited for beauty, breathing becomes neglected and any freedom of movement impaired, the skin sandwiched in its own salty sweat. Starting from their experiments with their own human flesh, HARTMANNMUELLER take a special look at Shakespeare’s Hamlet – he who seems to be constrained and trapped in his own body, aching for aid in the deconstructing of said constraints. Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Müller appropriate Hamlet’s problems and reattach them to today’s problems. Because the world seems to come apart at the seams in 2018, too, and a delusional confusion of physical limits starts.
Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Mueller met at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen in 2006, founding HARTMANNMUELLER in Düsseldorf in 2011. In 2015, they were the recipients of the Sponsorship Award of the City of Düsseldorf in the performing arts category, and they are regularly performing at tanzhaus nrw and elsewhere.
Duration: 60 min.
Choreography, Concept, Musical Composition: HARTMANNMUELLER; Performers: Simon Hartmann, Daniel Ernesto Mueller; Dramaturgy: Annette Müller; Light: Philipp Zander. www.hartmannmueller.de A production by HARTMANNMUELLER, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw. Funded by the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW.