About us

Swiss theatre company Tr’espace have paved the way for a new, expanded theatrical culture, involving a much wider range of performing arts. The point of departure for Tr'espace’s onstage research is the diabolo. Long forgotten as a child’s toy, simply an alternative number amongst jugglers, it is never otherwise used as an expressive medium in theatre or circus. Tr’espace have now raised the bar, enchanting, bewildering and delighting. A new creative field has been opened up, breaking down the boundaries between classic circus, cabaret andcirque nouveau, and opening the doors to dance and theatre.

Since the company was formed in 2002, Tr’espace have ignored conventions and developed an inimitable style which uses elegance and sensitivity to combine the playful and perverse with artistic excellence. With a trilogy of performances featuring the diabolo, beginning with acts as Duo Tr’espace, via the short piece RencontreD to the stage production Le Cercle, Tr’espace have been performing throughout the world for  over a decade. ArbeiT, created in 2012, is a further milestone: Roman Müller addresses the relationship between people, objects and machines and illustrates dry theories of work with rich, exciting, surprising and humorous images.

Petronella von Zerboni and Roman Müller – the two founders of Tr‘espace – meet at Scuola Teatro Dimitri in 1998. They have succeeded in reinventing the diabolo in aesthetic, dramatic, and technical terms. Therefore, Tr’espace stands for a vision of an organic and integrated theatre art – where virtuosity, strength and lyricism are united.


2014:  Swiss innovation award ktv «ArbeiT»
2009: special media award 33 international circus festival of Monte Carlo
2007: «Premio de Circo Emilo Zapatero» at «IX. Festival International de Teatro y Artes de Calle TAC in Valladolid SP
2005 :  «Silver Lion» at 10 Festival International Wuqiao Circus, China
2004 :  «Jeunes Talents Cirque» Paris FR
2004: 4 medals at the 25th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris: the Silver Medal, the ARTE Prize, the Cirque du Soleil Prize, and the Alexandre Grimailo Studio Prize

Milestones of more than 10 years of intensive theatre research

Innovation award of Swiss theatre association ktv goes to Roman Müller | Tr'espace
with 10th anniversary of the company, Tr'espace presents new play  «ArbeiT» . On stage : Roman Müller, Philippe Deutsch, Eve-Anouk Jebejian
collaboration in concept + performance at «Hyrrä», a stage production by momentlabor | Stefan Schoenfeld
Roman starts research and residencies to «ArbeiT»
contradictionary poles : rapidity of diabolo meets quietnes of balance : Rigolo permits Roman to perform «Sanddornbalance»
«inStallation» : a circus play with grand chapiteau, horses, live musicians and artists' friends will be on tour till 2011 and  is to be performed at prestigious festivals in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France and United Kingdom
«Le Cercle» : creation of last chapter of trilogy about diabolo at festival La Route de Cirque in Nexon FR. On stage : Roman Müller, Petronella von Zerboni + Mischa Blau
creation «RencontreD, Festival Piste de Lancement, in Brüssel BE. on tour till 2010. On stage : Roman Müller, Petronella von Zerboni + Mischa Blau
awarded at «Jeunes Talents Cirque Paris FR. Followed by supports of Conseil Régional d’Ile de France
a genious performance at festival «Cirque du demain» in Paris opens doors to cabaret, circus and theatre stages all over the world
«Duo Tr'espace» : first steps of new acts
Petronella von Zerboni and Roman Müller found «Tr’espace»