Drum & Dance

2004 Thomas Hauert & Michel Debrulle

In Drum & Dance, choreographer Thomas Hauert and drummer Michel Debrulle attempt to rediscover the initial tension between two beings sharing an instantaneous process of creation. The two men also play on the relationship of closeness and distance between them and with the audience.

In Drum & Dance, dancer/choreographer Thomas Hauert and drummer Michel Debrulle improvise freely. Together they attempt to rediscover this initial tension between two beings sharing an instantaneous process of creation. On drums and Binche bass drum, Michel Debrulle improvises by developing and transforming a succession of musical motifs, while Thomas Hauert responds intuitively, impulsively even, letting his body react to the rhythms of the music. The resulting dance, with its exuberant energy, is informed by the distinctive characteristics of a percussion music endlessly repeating and transforming its rhythmical loops. The two men also play on the relationship of closeness and distance between them and with the audience: while the piece has on occasion been performed in theatres, it was initially created for a non-theatrical, informal space where it is the audience that defines the fluid boundaries of the stage space: without the distance of a “fourth wall”, the spectator is invited to experience the music and dance in a direct and instinctive way. Since premiering at the Beursschouwburg, Drum & Dance has been performed in very different spaces, from the promenade of the royal gallery in Ostend to a square in Bologna, the Santarcangelo festival and Florence’s Virgilio Sieni theatre.

Concept and direction Michel Debrulle and Thomas Hauert
Dance created and presented by Thomas Hauert
Music Michel Debrulle
Light design Jan Van Gijsel
Production ZOO & Collectif du Lion
Co-production Beursschouwburg, Brussels

03 May 2014
Festa danzante Lugano (CH)
01 April 2012
La Fundición Bilbao (ES)
31 March 2012
La Fundición Bilbao (ES)
28 February 2012
01 October 2011
STUK Leuven (BE)
30 September 2011
STUK Leuven (BE)
03 September 2011
09 April 2011
16 February 2011
Concertgebouw Bruges (BE)
05 July 2008
Dansand! Oostende (BE)
03 July 2008
Dansand! Oostende (BE)
16 June 2008
Cango Florence (IT)
10 July 2007
09 July 2007
05 September 2006
Danza Urbana Bologna (IT)
19 May 2006
D'JAZZ Nevers (FR)
25 September 2005
Festival Corpi Urbani Genova (IT)
24 September 2005
Festival Corpi Urbani Genova (IT)
21 October 2004
21 September 2004
De Brakke Grond Amsterdam (NL)
11 February 2004
Beursschouwburg Brussels (BE)

Drum & Dance

Thomas Hauert & Michel Debrulle