The man

Feature-Length World Première: 10th of November 2015

A man and a woman find themselves in a composition of images, becoming part of a story that remains to shift between reality and fiction. Surreal atmospheres arise in which the couple goes on the search for the identity of the other. The story becomes a journey through different times, showing the differences and similarities of human beings and talks about the essence of small and seemingly unimportant things in life.

This creation concentrates on a hyperrealistic aesthetic anchored in a concrete set: a room filled with a small number of everyday objects as a table, telephone, coat and cigarettes. In these, the choreographers create an unstable universe that defies the logic of time and space.

The man is the first collaboration and feature-length work of Jan Möllmer and Tsai-Wei Tien. It shows an encounter of two artistic views which find their similarities and disparities to a new form. Together they created The man in 2014 as a five minute duet which got awarded numerous awards in Germany and Asia as for example at the 3rd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, China.

After touring their short work, Möllmer and Tien decided to bring their collaboration further and developed The man into a full-evening work that got premiered in November 2015 in Bochum, Germany, and toured within Europe as well as in China and Taiwan in 2016.


Direction: Jan Möllmer, Tsai-Wei Tien
Choreography and Dance: Jan Möllmer, Tsai-Wei Tien
Sound composition and arrangements: Jan Möllmer
Music: Maurice Ravel, Clara Rockmore, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Roger Troutman
Production: Peculiar Man

In cooperation with: Renegade



Nomination for the 15th Taishin Arts Award of the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, Taiwan


Bronze Award at the 3rd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, China


Newcomer and Audience Prize at International SoloDuo Festival, Cologne, Germany

2. Prize and Audience Prize at Festival, Theater Erfurt, Germany



Tour Dates

Feature-Length Version


  • 15th of April 2023, Fabrik Heeder, First and Further Steps, Krefeld, Germany


  • 17th of September 2022, Post Office Remscheid,, Remscheid, Germany


  • 27th of October 2018, Officine Caos, Festival Differenti Sensazioni XXXI Edizione, Turin, Italy
  • 29th of March 2018, ARGEKultur, 18. Salzburger Performance Tage, Salzburg, Austria
  • 4th of August 2018, Village Square of Vathy, Ithaca, Greece


  • 5th of November 2017, Katakomben-Theater, Essen, Germany
  • 7th of October 2017, Opera House, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 9th of September 2017, TalTonTeater, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 2nd of September 2017, Café Ada, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 9th of April 2017, Zeche 1, Bochum, Germany


  • 12th - 14th of August 2016, Xinyi Branch Performance Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 5th of August 2016, Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
  • 9th of January 2016, Zeche 1, Bochum, Germany


  • 10th of November 2015, Zeche 1, Bochum, Germany

Short Length and Solo Version


  • 18th of October 2015, Katakomben Theater, Essen, Germany
  • 10th - 17th of July 2015, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
  • 27th of June 2015, Theater am Aegi, Hanover, Germany
  • 19th of June 2015, performance art depot, Mainz, Germany
  • 25th of February 2015, Pina Bausch Theater, Essen, Germany


  • 06th of November 2014, Colosseum Theater, Essen, Germany
  • 27th of September 2014, Barnes Crossing, Cologne, Germany
  • 25th of February 2014, Theater Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany


  • October 2013, Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld, Germany
  • 2nd of May 2013, Café Ada, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 28th of February 2013, Pina Bausch Theater, Essen, Germany
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