Zaungast/Zaunkönig, 2024

In 2024, Thomas Hauert will create and perform a new solo for himself.

In his new solo, Thomas Hauert intends to deepen a creative process already present in his last two creations: making psychology, inner life, emotions and the unconscious a driving force behind movement. The starting point for Troglodyte is a kind of complex psychological enigma, expressed in the working title and subtitle of the solo “Zaungast/Zaunkönig”, focusing on the experience of the position of the outsider, the one who is not part of the group, the one who looks on from the outside. Zaungast is a German word that describes someone who attends an event to which they were not invited, behind the fence (literally: “guest of the fence”). It’s associated with Zaunkönig, the German name for wren, a small songbird (literally: “the king of the fence”), which we imagine sitting on the fence. Tiny but kingly at the same time. Someone who straddles the fence, who doesn’t take a stand, who doesn’t make up his mind, and who doesn’t commit himself in consequence.

The word troglodyte originally refers to a living creature that inhabits a cave or dwelling dug into the ground, like the little bird Zaunkönig/troglodyte. The term Troglodyte also sounds like an insult, one associated with the “Cave Man”, the boorish, uneducated, coarse man.

Concept, direction, choreography, danse Thomas Hauert
Music in progress
Costumes Chevalier-Masson
Light, scenography Bert Van Dijck
Sound Bart Celis
Production ZOO/Thomas Hauert
Coproduction Festival de la Bâtie (CH), Le Grütli – Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants (CH), Mercat de les Flors (ES), Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia (IT), Centro Nazionale di Produzione della Danza Virgilio Sieni
Residence Studio Thor, Charleroi danse
Support Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service de la danse / Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour les arts / Ein Kulturengagement des Lotterie-Fonds des Kantons Solothurn

31 August 2024 (première)
1 September 2024
2 September 2024
3 September 2024
23 October 2024
Teatro Grande Brescia (IT)
25 October 2024
Cango Florence (IT)
26 October 2024
Cango Florence (IT)
28 March 2025
Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES)
29 March 2025
Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES)
30 March 2025
Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES)