In contrast to entropy, the tendancy for chaos inherent in any physical system, living things are an anomaly because of their propensity to come together and their desire for movement – even if, like ivy, it defies gravity. In this fertile breeding ground, the choreographer and his long-term collaborators form a quartet of variable geometry (for a cast of six dancers) a formation that is never fixed, recreating itself ad infinitum through the improvisation inherent in its changing line-up. It reaffirms the collective quintessence of dance according to Thomas Hauert. After the lavish How to proceed (2018) and the austere If Only (2020), both of which observed bodies affected by the state of the world, Efeu (2022) brings the world face to face with states of the body. Using almost symphonic transitions, a soundtrack featuring Italian light music and contemporary pieces, and a language that is simultaneously organic and abstract, Efeu turns the social structures it is articulating into both its method and material, with as ever extremely generous “active listening” between the performers and contaminating the audience.



Création 2022 / Concept, direction : Thomas Hauert / Recherche, création : Fabian Barba, Thomas Hauert, Liz Kinoshita, Sarah Ludi, Federica Porello, Samantha Van Wissen / Interprété par 4 danseur·euse·s de la compagnie / Musique : Ornella Vanoni, Lucio Dalla, Gino Paoli Senza Fine, Eric Thielemans, Bart Celis Drumloops, Jean C. Roché Anthologie de chants d’oiseaux, Alpes du sud, vers 1000m, Krzysztof Penderecki Polymorphia (extrait), Jonny Greenwood 48 Responses to Polymorphia, Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) / Lumière : Bert Van Dijck / Son : Bart Celis / Costumes : Chevalier-Masson, Sami Tillouche / Production costumes : Isabelle Airaud, Eric Chevalier / Scénographie : Chevalier-Masson

Production ZOO/Thomas Hauert, DC&J Creation / Coproduction : Charleroi danse, Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Mercat de les Flors, Pavillon ADC, Les Atelier de Paris CDCN, ICI—CCN Montpellier – Occitanie, Residenzzentrum tanz+ / Studio : Charleroi danse, Tictac Art Centre, Ultima Vez, Grand Studio, Studio Thor / Soutien : Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service de la danse, Pro Helvetia, Ein Kulturengagement des Lotterie-Fonds des Kantons Solothurn, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge