In MONO, Thomas Hauert explores the human conscience. We are constantly exposed to an innumerable amout of sensory stimuli. An unconscious selection of those is what we call conscience – not an autonomous entity. The self surfaces from that magnificent, complex organism that is the body.

The form of the “radiophonic piece,” to “listen to,” as suggested by the German word Hörspiel, has developed a rich tradition in the German-speaking countries. 
Since his childhood Thomas Hauert is fascinated by these programs which take us into worlds without images, worlds whose landscapes and drama surprise us from behind, from the side, from inside ourselves. 
For this creation Thomas Hauert worked with the Colombian composer Fredy Vallejos, whom he met during ManiFeste2012 at Ircam (the Institute for Research and Acoustic and Musical Coordination in Paris). They invented a polyphonic and abstract piece with neither a linear story nor fixed characters. A cloud of sensations liable to surround the spectators and to make them open to a disconcerting experience. By seeking to free us from language, linear thought and the vehicle of our representations, Thomas Hauert invites us to appreciate the volatility and the complexity of our subjective consciousnesses. 
The choreographer, artisan of a subtle alchemy between improvisation and composition, brings together in MONO (from the Greek “alone” but also “monkey” in Spanish) seven dancers from his company and the violist Noémie Bialobroda. Together they diffuse sounds and movements in a perpetually reconfiguring space, short-circuiting our rational thinking and stimulating our bodies by immersion and empathy.

Concept and Direction Thomas Hauert
Dance created and presented by Thomas Hauert, Fabián Barba, Sarah Ludi, Albert Quesada, Gabriel Schenker, Mat Voorter, Samantha van Wissen, Liz Kinoshita
Musical and Sound composition Fredy Vallejos
Viola Noémie Bialobroda
Set- and Light design Bert Van Dijck
Costumes Chevalier-Masson
Sound technique Bram Moriau
Production ZOO/Thomas Hauert
Co-production: Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / Ircam / Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Paris / Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape – direction Yuval Pick / STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven

download a propos de mono by Philippe Guisgand, May 2015

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