ZOO/Thomas Hauert _ Parallallemande

Concept & direction: Thomas Hauert
Dance originally created and presented by: Thomas Hauert & Chrysa Parkinson
Dance created and presented by: Thomas Hauert & Mat Voorter
Music: J.S. Bach, Allemande from the Partita II, BWV 1004; for the third part, Thomas Hauert combined recordings by Alison Balsom (trumpet) en Antal Szalai (violin) to make an original score
duration: 15 minutes
Light: Jan Van Gijsel & Thomas Hauert
Production: ZOO
Support : Flemish Authorities, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse

The starting point for this project is a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Allemande from Partita no. 2 for a solo instrument. Parallallemande consists of three five-minute parts: a solo by Thomas Hauert to a recorded trumpet performance of the Allemande, a solo by Mat Voorter to a recorded performance of the same piece on the violin, and lastly a duet between Hauert and Voorter to the two soundtracks superimposed. Hearing the two interpretations together is a very particular hearing experience. Besides the obvious counterpoint, harmonies and dissonances that occur, it is as if the movement of the music is spatially perceived inside our head. Our attention is being split in two sometimes to follow both instruments, or we are being tricked into hearing new melodies because our ears missed a turn and slid from one instrument to another without noticing. The dance is a bodily and spatial interpretation of the music. It is proposing a visualization of the phenomenon experienced while listening. The relationship between music and dance can also be seen as ‘interactive’ or reversible: the music proposing an ‘audiolization’ of the dance.”