Artists biographies
ZOO/Thomas Hauert

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 15 performances with ZOO: ‘a.o.Jetzt’ (2000), ‘Modify’ (2004, Swiss Dance Prize 2005), ‘Walking Oscar’ (2006), ‘Accords’ (2008), ‘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 and his last group creation ‘inaudible’ (2016).

In 2010, director Thierry De Mey also took an excerpt from ‘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 Hauert 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 2014 the piece ‘Notturnino’ for the British company of disabled and non-disabled dancers Candoco Dance Company and in 2015 ‘The Measure of Disorder’ for the Barcelona based collective La Bolsa.

Presented on more than 200 stages in 29 countries, the work of Thomas Hauert 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 academic director of the bachelor degree in contemporary dance opened within the theatre academy La Manufacture in Lausanne.

Thomas Hauert © Thibault Grégoire Thomas Hauert © Thibault Grégoire

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017