Eins Zwei Drei

Martin Zimmermann

Eins Zwei Drei

Martin Zimmermann has been building a wordless stage universe of great visual strength for more than twenty years now. His work revisits and transforms the classic archetypes of circus thanks to contemporary dance, theatre and the creation of magical scenic spaces. 


The Swiss artist visits the Veranos de la Villa festival for the Madrid première of Eins Zwei Drei, a contemporary version of the trio of clowns: the whiteface clown with his dignified and respectable airs and graces, the impertinent auguste clown, and the third one who annoys everybody and upsets the entire apple cart. Together they create a mini-society determined to resist the abuses of the powers that be and their conflicts, opening up infinite possibilities that allow us to explore the different ways in which we can relate to one another, from a life lived alone or with a partner, without forgetting the infernal trio that they create. 


Martin Zimmermann brings together three virtuoso dancers and physical actors, accompanied by a prodigious pianist, and sets them in an ultra-modern museum that serves as a framework and context for their incessant mischief. Each one fights for his survival, the bodies join together and pull apart, they face their conventions, their own limits, and together they ensure that the work unravels in a mysterious and surreal universe.


A production by MZ Atelier.


In coproduction with 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 and Zürcher Theater Spektakel. 



In collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain










Concept, direction, choreography and costumes Martin Zimmermann

Created and performed by Tarek Halaby, Dimitri Jourde, Romeu Runa, Colin Vallon

Music Colin Vallon

Dramaturgy Sabine Geistlich

Set design Martin Zimmermann, Simeon Meier

Technical and stage coordination Ingo Groher

Sound Andy Neresheimer

Lighting design Jérôme Bueche

Artistic collaboration Eugénie Rebetez

Assistant director Sarah Büchel

Stage design Roger Studer

Set construction Ingo Groher Ateliers du Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

Painting Michèle Rebetez-Martin

Costumes Katharina Baldauf Doris Mazzella

Stage management Roger Studer / Jan Olislagers

Lighting Jérôme Bueche / Sarah Büchel

Sound Andy Neresheimer / Franck Bourgoin

Technical administrator Sarah Büchel

Produccion Alain Vuignier

International production Claire Béjanin


From 15th of July to 16th of July

Duration​: 90 minutes


Naves del Español en Matadero - Sala Fernando Arrabal – Nave 11

Paseo de la Chopera , 14

Paisaje o vista de Naves del Español en Matadero


Place of employment information:


Metro: Legazpi (líneas 6, 3)

Bus: 6, 8, 18, 19, 45, 78, 148

Renfe: Embajadores

Bicimad: Estación 165 (Paseo Chopera, 14)

Veranos de la Villa Festival 2022 poster

Madrid City Council's Department of Culture, Tourism and Sport makes the Veranos de la Villa 2022 posters created by Borja Bonafuente available for download.

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