Although it has been labelled a ›musical‹, Thomas Hauert's creation 2006 does not follow the classical conventions that correspond to this genre. Mutually interacting movements, images and songs offer a translation, an echo or abstract commentary on a ›story‹ rather than a literal visualisation.
The text is written by Oscar van den Boogaard, an author using a non-linear writing style, combining apparently unimportant events and small thoughts in collages to make sense on a deeper level. Like thoughts in the human brain the main plot of his texts are crossing secondary lines or take unexpected shortcuts to end up with a very personal coherence.
After ›Verosimile‹, Thomas Hauert wanted to further investigate the phenomenon of singing and the relationship between singing and the human body. Some movements in the 2006 project are aimed at ›inflecting‹ the voice (by exerting force, tension, relaxation...), others should support the communication about the contents of the songs and refine the perception of the characters. These two kinds of movement are further elaborated and enhanced, forming as such one of the cornerstones of the choreography.
Concept, direction: Thomas Hauert
Choreography, Dance, Singing: Thomas Hauert, Martin Kilvady, Sara Ludi, Chrysa Parkinson, Samantha van Wissen, Mat Voorter
Text: Oscar van den Boogaard
Music, Composition, Piano: Alejandro Petrasso
Voice over: Stuart McQuarrie
Music Composition, Sound: Bart Aga
Soundtrack: Aliocha Van der Avoort
Light, Stagedesign: Jan Van Gijsel
Costumes: OWN / Thierry Rondenet & Hervé Yvrenogeau
Stage director: Jan Van Gijsel
Sound: Peter Van Hoesen
Photo: Filip Vanzieleghem
Premiere: 06.05.2006, KunstenFestivaldesArts / Kaaitheater (Brüssel)
Co-production: Kaaitheater / KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brüssel), Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d'Automne (Paris), Tanzquartier Wien, Charleroi Danses Centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française (Charleroi), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona). Supported by: the Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Sport and Brussels Affairs, the Flemish Community Commission, Pro Helvetia, Kanton Solothurn and SACD (1000 hours to dance)