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Thomas Hauert (BE/CH)After training in Rotterdam, Swiss Thomas Hauert moved to Brussels in 1991. There, he danced in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company ROSAS, before collaborating with Gonnie Heggen, David Zambrano and Pierre Droulers. In 1998, he founded his own company ZOO and created "Cows in Space", awarded at the Rencontres de Seine-Saint-Denis. Since then, Thomas has created more than 15 performances with ZOO, most often group pieces, a.o. "Jetzt "(2000), "Verosimile" (2002), "modify" (2004, "Swiss Dance Prize" (2005), "Walking Oscar" (2006), "Accords" (2008), "You’ve Changed" (2010) and "MONO" (2013).
In 2011, he explored more intimate constellations with "From B to B" (duet with Àngels Margarit, “Current Dance Work Prize” at the Swiss Dance Awards 2013) and "Like me more like me" (duet with Scott Heron, nominated at the Tribute to the Classical Arts Awards in New Orleans). He also created a piece for young audiences ("Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée", 2012) on music by John Cage performed live. In 2010, director Thierry De Mey 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 commissioned to create "Hà Mais" (2002) with Mozambican dancers, as well as several pieces for the school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. He created new works for the Zurich Ballet ("Il Giornale della necropoli", 2010), Toronto Dance Theatre ("Pond Skaters", 2013, nominated for the Dora Awards in Toronto) and Candoco Dance Company ("Notturnino", 2014).
Presented on more than 200 stages in 30 countries, Thomas' work 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. The relationship between dance and music is also central to his approach. Thomas teaches regularly at P.A.R.T.S. and was Valeska-Gert-guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2012-13. Recently, he was chosen as academic director of the new bachelor degree in contemporary dance that will open in September 2014 within the theatre academy La Manufacture in Lausanne (Switzerland's first dance school at university level). In 2012-13, Thomas was also invited to collaborate in The Forsythe Company’s "Motion Bank" project. ZOO is in residence at Charleroi Danses and associated artist at the Kaaitheater in Brussels.