Festival 2019

Philippe Saire Hocus Pocus

  • Watermans
  • Fri 11 October
  • The Albany
  • Sun 13 October
  • Fairfield Halls
  • Fri 18 October
  • The Place
  • Sat 19 October
  • artsdepot
  • Thu 24 October
  • Stratford Circus Arts Centre
  • Sat 26 October

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Voyage into the unknown with this dreamlike spectacle, a bewitching gem of a family show, in which gravity dissolves, bodies bravely contort and optical illusions conjure other worlds.

Out of the darkness strange shapes appear as if from nowhere, illuminated by horizontal strips of white light. From here the fantasy into space begins, contained in a stark frame, as two adventurers overcome fear to boldly navigate creatures of the deep, brotherly rites of initiation and flying contraptions.

Leaving room for the imaginations of children to soar, this international hit features two dextrous performers, vivid costumes and eerie props. Lausanne-based choreographer Philippe Saire directs the work, with dance, theatre, mime and stage trickery set to music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

A Dance Umbrella Orbital London Tour in partnership with artsdepot, Fairfield Halls, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The Albany, The Place and Watermans

“Two grappling guys veer from silent comedy to surreal visuals. Entrancing.”

Gallery +

Photos: Philippe Pache

  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus
  • Philippe Saire - Hocus Pocus

Creative team and performers +

  • Philippe Saire
    Concept and Choreography in collaboration with dancers
  • Léo Piccirelli
    Stage Device Realisation
  • Julie Chapallaz, Hervé Jabveneau
    Props and Accessories
  • Stéphane Vecchione
    Sound Design
  • Vincent Scalbert
    Technical Direction
  • Cédric Berthoud
    Construction
  • Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg
    Music
  • Philippe Chosson, Mickaël Henrotay-Delaunay
    Dancers

Press +

“Two grappling guys veer from silent comedy to surreal visuals. Entrancing.“
The Times

“A visually stunning piece of work which playfully opens up the world of contemporary dance to young audiences.”
The Family Stage

“Judging by the reaction of the youngsters at the Albany it [inspired children’s imaginations]. But it also blew away the adults in the auditorium because this was not only truly extraordinary spectacle, it was also a mind-bending work of art.“
The Greenwich Visitor

“Speaks wonderfully to its young audience … magnetically draws the gaze.”
Radio Télévision Suisse

Credits +

A Dance Umbrella Orbital London Tour in partnership with artsdepot, Fairfield Halls, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The Albany, The Place and Watermans

Coproduction Le Petit Théâtre de Lausanne (created October 25th 2017 at Le Petit Théâtre de Lausanne), Jungspund Festival St. Gallen. A coproduction in the frame of Fund Young Audiences by Reso – Dance Network Switzerland. With the support of Pro Helvetia.

Supporters and Sponsors Cie Philippe Saire is governed by a joint support agreement between the City of Lausanne, Canton of Vaud and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council ; and is supported by Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Migros Culture Percentage, Corodis, Stanley Johnson Thomas Foundation.

Cie Philippe Saire is in permanent residency at Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne.

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