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Thomas Hauert / ZOO
Walking Oscar

Dance -  Brussels

Festival Complicitats 2007

Mercat de les Flors

15/02 | 21:00
16/02 | 21:00
17/02 | 21:00
18/02 | 21:00

Spanish Premiere

After producing several works involving dance and song (Pop-up Songbook, Do You Believe in Gravity? Do You Trust the Pilot?, Verosimile, More or Less Sad Songs), Thomas Hauert and his company, ZOO, have created a show that combines movement, words and music around the writings of Oscar van den Bogaard. Walking Oscar is a type of "musical" that does not respect the conventions of the genre. Oscar van den Bogaard's writing is non-linear, a collage of short episodes and thoughts that makes sense on a deeper level. Like our brain, no doubt, his texts' main routes intersect secondary paths or take unexpected short-cuts to result in an entirely personal cohesion. It is an approach echoed in ZOO's work, a company that abandons linear developments for a logic based on intuition and faith in the individual.

Concept and Direction: Thomas Hauert
Choreography, dance, singing, music lyrics and composition: Thomas Hauert, Martin Kilvady, Sara Ludi, Chrysa Parkinson, Samantha van Wissen, Mat Voorter
Music and piano: Alejandro Petrasso
Text: Oscar van den Boogaard
Off-voice:  Stuart McQuarrie
Sound: Bart Aga
Production: ZOO / Thomas Hauert
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris), Tanzquartier Wien (Viena), Charleroi Danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française (Charleroi)

Thomas Hauert (1967, Switzerland) lives and works in Brussels. He has worked with Rosas between 1991 and 1995 and with Gonnie Heggen, David Zambrano and Pierre Droulers. After creating his solo, Hobokendanshe founded ZOO in 1997 and initiated the Cows in Space project, a performance for five dancers. In 2005, Thomas Hauert was rewarded with the "Swiss Dance and Choreography Award 2005" for his creation Modify (2004).

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