Notturnino by Thomas Hauert, Photography by Mateusz Bral/Brave Festival 2016

Brussels-based Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert’s new piece Notturnino is a playful and poignant full company work that takes inspiration from the documentary 'Tosca’s Kiss', a touching film that follows the lives of retired opera singers living in a nursing home in Milan. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco’s dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

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Production Details

  • Year: 2014
  • Concept, Choreography & Direction: Thomas Hauert
  • Assistant to the Choreographer: Liz Kinoshita
  • Lighting Design: Chahine Yavroyan
  • Costume Design: Natasa Stamatari
  • Audio: from Tosca’s Kiss (1984) by Daniel Schmid, T&C Film
  • This piece is co-commissioned by: Live at LICA with additional support from Platform, Islington and Greenwich Dance
  • Thanks: Denis Laurent at ZOO; Kevin O’Hare at the Royal Opera House; Suzanne Lee, Naomi Blanche and CJ Dyson at Platform
  • Running Time: 35 minutes
  • Suitability: All ages

Choreographer's note:

>My fascination with dance has a lot to do with its sensual aspects, with how dance/motion feels and what one can feel when looking at it. In the creation of Notturnino I took inspiration from the film ‘Tosca’s Kiss’, opera music and Candoco Dance Company’s dancers. The soundtrack from the film, which features the voices of ageing singers re-enacting scenes from operas and talking about their lives, but also the sounds of everyday life at their rest home, conjures images of situations and characters, triggering association and memories. I wanted the dance to add another layer of textures and sensations rather than being a literal illustration of the sound. I hope that the piece will elicit an individual response from each audience member and draw on their own memories, sensibilities and concerns. I always work with improvisation both in the process of creating a piece and on stage, as I believe that the body is capable of creating much more complex movement if you allow it to include intuition rather than relying on forms processed by our conscious mind.
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Thomas Hauert's biography:

After training in Rotterdam, Swiss Thomas Hauert moved to Brussels in 1991. He danced with A.T. De Keersmaeker and David Zambrano, amongst others, and in 1998, he founded his company ZOO and created Cows in Space, which was awarded at the Rencontres de Seine-Saint-Denis. Since then, he has created with ZOO more than 15 performances, most often group pieces, among them Verosimile, modify (Swiss Dance Prize 2005), Accords and MONO. In 2011 he created the duets From B to B with Àngels Margarit (section Dance Works Prize 2013 in Switzerland) and Like me more like me with Scott Heron (nominated as ‘Oustanding choreography’ in New Orleans). His piece for young audiences Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée premiered in 2012. Hauert has also created pieces for Alma Txina (Mozambique), the Laban Centre, P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), the Zürich Ballet and Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2012-13, Hauert participated in the project ‘Motion Bank’ of The Forsythe Company.