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DOCH Open Lectures Thomas Hauert

Welcome to DOCH Open Lectures series of spring 2019! Meet Swiss dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert.

An informal "artist talk", where Thomas will show some extracts/videos and explain his background, his methodology and the structure of his company Zoo.

A portrait of Thomas Hauert
Photo: Steeve Iuncker


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 creation How to proceed (2018). 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 in November 2018 a piece 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 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. 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 and in residency at Théâtre Les Tanneurs.

For more information, please visit www.zoo-thomashauert.be

DOCH Open Lectures

Artists, thinkers and teachers connected to DOCH's Dance Department share their works and thoughts in various forms. DOCH Open Lectures are open to the public, free and don't require a reservation. Welcome!

Spring program

  • Jeroen Peeters 20 February
  • Eroca Nicols 13 March
  • Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovsk 27 March
  • Thomas Hauert 10 April
  • Lea Moro 16 April
  • Frédéric Pouillaude 17 April*
  • André Lepecki 2 May
  • Antonia Baehr 22 May
  • John-Paul Zaccarini 29 May

*Philosophy in the Context of Dance 
-The lecture series Philosophy in the Context of Dance is a part of the BA-program in Dance Performance and is included in the Department of Dance’s Open Lectures at DOCH.

All of the DOCH Open Lectures series are held at DOCH Brinellvägen 58 room G at 5.30 pm.