Departures and Arrivals



Düsseldorf, Germany

HARTMANNMUELLER is a Düsseldorf based company, founded by Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Mueller in 2011. They met during their studies of stage dance at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen 2006. Since then, they started to work with each other and they began to realize a couple of short productions, presented at different festivals in Berlin, Hannover, Bochum, Essen. After their graduation in 2010, Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Mueller became a member of the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie, Düsseldorf. Besides working with Ben J. Riepe and with their first residency at PACT Zollverein, Essen, they continued working on a bigger production called “zurück zum Hund” presented at tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf as well as at Hellerau, Dresden. That was a starting point of a regular exchange and cooperation with PACT Zollverein until now. Last year, 2014 they realized their first big stage production, “Melodien zum Träumen”, presented at tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, which will also be part of a festival called “first steps” at Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld in May 2015. HARTMANNMUELLER just finished a four week residency at PACT Zollverein, working on an ongoing performance called “Fragrance” and presented as part of the Atelier Spezial at PACT Zollverein in March 2015.

HARTMANNMUELLERs works are marked by a physical negotiation which is not oriented towards contemporary forms of movement. They are on a quest for a new method of expression, influenced by cinema and pop culture, which defies common labels and categories. Their work is located at the borders between dance, performance and theatre. Departing from a certain stage design, which usually provides the first and earliest framework of a new creation, they develop aspects of clichés and archetypes relevant for the piece, just to distort them up to a point of extremity or to detach them from their contexts. They involve and play with their audience in a manner that makes it impossible to arrive at one single, clear-cut understanding of what is shown. Irony, sarcasm, absurdity, humour? HARTMANNMUELLER do not aim for presenting the audience with a new world or telling them a story – rather they want the audience to arrive at a point where they ask the same kind of questions that emerged during their own artistic process. In addition their pieces are shown in such a way that beauty cannot become too beautiful, seriousness can never be taken too seriously, and and the cliché cannot be perceived as kitsch. 
Their sequences are often characterised by a tension between emotional contents and ambiguous actions. The resulting irony is a core feature of HARTMANNMUELLERs work, in which seriousness is always doubted.