Der Besucher

Performance by and with:
Martin Zimmermann
Fondation Beyeler

Angelika Bühler


Credits Tour

As a whimsical and enigmatic visitor, the performance artist Martin Zimmermann physically explores the theme of balance in his own unique way on three consecutive days in the context of the exhibition Alexander Calder & Fischli/Weiss at the Fondation Beyeler. Before the eyes of the other visitors, he produces a silent film and performance set to live music by the jazz pianist Colin Vallon.
Surrealism collides with the real, freedom with convention, history with the present; Martin Zimmermann takes the moment of fragile balance, a focus of the current exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, as an opportunity to offer his own interpretation of that fleeting state between sublime equilibrium and lustful failure. Zimmermann confounds the familiar, questions general principles, reveals the invisible, makes the improbable appear real and encourages viewers to experience new perspectives and ways of thinking.


Duration: 15 min
Genre: Dance / Theatre / Circus / Music
Age limit: 12 years

Performance and artistic direction: Martin Zimmermann
Live music and composition: Colin Vallon
Director, choreography and film scenario:
Martin Zimmermann, Eugénie Rebetez
Dramaturgy: Sabine Geistlich
Film Director: Chris Niemeyer
Camera: Jonas Jäggy
Editing, screenshots: Lukas Gähwiler
Technical management, stage manager: Sarah Büchel
Light and stage direction: Jan Olieslagers In cooperation with KULTURBÜRO RIEHEN

With special thanks to: Angelika Bühler, Theodora Vischer, Myriam Rüegsegger, Elena Kuznik, Ben Ludwig, Alex Krecz, Anthony Andjelkovic, Stefan Egger, all extras of the silent film, all supervisors and employees of the Fondation Beyeler The performance Der Besucher includes stage design elements, costumes, as well as musical and choreographic excerpts from the play Hallo by Martin Zimmermann

Estimated duration: 15 min
Genre: Dance / Theatre / Circus / Music
Age limit: 12 years



  • Basel CH 07.01 – 07.03 Fondation Beyeler
  • Der Besucher
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