TOOLS FOR DANCE IMPROVISATION
by Thomas Hauert
TOOLS FOR DANCE IMPROVISATION
Tools for Dance Improvisation is intended to introduce or refresh some of the basic tools (exercises, practices, scores, games, concepts) of ZOO/Thomas Hauert’s work.
Every joint of our body has its range of movement and there are countless combinations possible. The body possesses a great practical knowledge that goes way beyond what the mind’s consciousness is able to process. Our mind can concentrate only on a few things at one time while our body is able to combine a great amount of information in an ever changing, fluid sense of orientation, that can serve as a sensor for potential movement: physical intuition, creativity that comes into existence by mainly physical circumstances, no conscious thought is necessarily formed in order to invent movement.
In a progressive series of improvisational tasks with one or more partners, exchanging information sensorially, in touch or at a distance, we will take advantage of this phenomenon to create forms, rhythms, movement qualities and trajectories far more complex and sophisticated than the ones our conscious mind could invent. We will be guided out of our habitual tracks and patterns will be distorted or overridden.
While we will practise to multiply and disconnect actions within our own individual body, another chapter of the work will be on connecting the movement of individuals in a group, the attempt to create one single organism out of a group of individual bodies. We’ll be tapping into the intelligence of the collective, swopping constantly between leading and following or doing both at the same time, taking the responsibility to initiate as well as the responsibility to play your part in the development of other people’s proposals or of unconsciously emerging structures, keeping an overview over the group composition while assuming your role within it.
Having built a dancer career with a.o. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, David Zambrano and Pierre Droulers, Swiss Thomas Hauert founded his company ZOO in Brussels. In 1998, he initiated Cows in Space, a piece for five dancers which was consequently awarded at the Rencontres de Seine-Saint-Denis. Since then, he has created more than 20 performances with ZOO a.o. Jetzt (2000), Verosimile (2002), modify (2004, Swiss Dance Prize 2005), Walking Oscar (2006), Accords (2008), You’ve Changed (2010), From B to B (with Àngels Margarit, 2011), Like me more like me (with Scott Heron, 2011) the piece for young audience Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée (2012), Mono (2013), the solo (sweet) (bitter) in 2015, Inaudible (2016) and his last group creations How to Proceed (2018) and a newest one premiering in March 2020.
In 2010, director Thierry De Mey also took Accords as a base to create the film La Valse, co-produced by European television channel Arte. In addition to his work for ZOO, Thomas was also commissioned to create Hà Mais (2002) with Mozambican dancers, as well as several pieces for the school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. In 2010, he created a new work for the Zurich Ballet, Il Giornale della necropoli, in 2013 Pond Skaters for the Toronto Dance Theatre, in 2014 the piece Notturnino for the British company of disabled and non-disabled dancers Candoco Dance Company and a new piece for 25 dancers will be premiered in November 2018 for CCN Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy.
Presented all over the world, the work of Thomas first develops from research on movement, with a particular interest in improvisation-based processes exploring the tension between freedom and constraint, individuals and the group, order and disorder, form and formlessness. Regularly invited to participate in improvisation events, he also has a deep interest in the relationship between dance and music. Thomas teaches regularly at P.A.R.T.S. and was Valeska-Gert-guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin during the winter 2012-13. He was also invited to collaborate in The Forsythe Company’s “Motion Bank” project (ongoing). Since 2013, Thomas Hauert is the artistic director of the bachelor degree in contemporary dance opened within the theatre academy La Manufacture in Lausanne. Thomas Hauert is “artiste en compagnonnage” at Théâtre de Liège (2018-2022) and in residency at Théâtre Les Tanneurs.
More information incl. videos about ZOO-Thomas Hauert’s work:
Mondays till Fridays
Times of this workshop:
10:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 17:30
Performance on Thursday, January 21st
by Thomas Hauert
Duration: 20 to 60 minutes
Entrance fee is a 5€ minimum contribution.
Price of workshop:
Registration fee of 80 euro required (as part of the 300)