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Hocus pocus

CIE PHILIPPE SAIRE / CHE 26. 5. / 4.30 p.m. / 45 min Polárka Theatre / Big stage GENRE: Foreign, Children, Dance

Suitable for children from 7 years

Dramaturgical introduction


Possibility to obtain a quantity discount of -25%.
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The discount for seniors is 30%.
The discount for disabled persons and students is 50%.
Discounts are not to be combined.

Dramaturgical introduction 30 minutes before the play on the stage, which will also be interpreted into Czech sign language

Hocus Pocus, a work intended for children aged 7-11, is mainly based on the power of images, their magic and the sensations they provoke. The very unique set design allows for a playful and magical exploration into a game of appearances and disappearances of both bodies and accessories. The brotherly relationship that develops between the two dancers constitutes the show’s guiding thread, both through the hardships they create for themselves to toughen themselves up and through the fantastic voyage that subsequently awaits them. Hocus Pocus is one of the few contemporary dance works intended for a young audience. It seeks to challenge the imagination of its audience, while weaving a narrative that is open enough for each child to build his or her own story.

Philippe Saire (*1957), one of the leading figures of contemporary Swiss dance, has created approximately thirty performances, site-specific performances, short films and workshops. His choreographic work, often intense and meticulously detailed, combines visual art, theatre and film. Since founding his dance company in 1986, he has performed more than 1,400 performances in over 200 cities around the world. In 1995, Philippe Saire opened Théâtre Sévelin 36, his working space in Lausanne dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance.

Concept and choreography: Philippe Saire

Choreographic collaboration: Philippe Chosson, Mickaël Henrotay-Delaunay

Stage design: Léo Piccirelli

Props and accessories: Julie Chapallaz, Hervé Jabveneau

Sound: Stéphane Vecchione

Stage Manager: Vincent Scalbert

Construction: Cédric Berthoud

Music: Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg

Dance: Philippe Chosson, Ismael Oiartzabal, Guillaume Pissembon

Le Petit Théâtre de Lausanne (The Little Theatre of Lausanne was founded on 25 October 2017), Jungspund – Young Audience Theater Festival St. Gallen. Co-production with Fund Young Audiences through Reso – Dance Network Switzerland. With the support of Pro Helvetia.

Support and partners:
Cie Philippe Saire Theatre Company is governed by an agreement between the City of Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Financial support is provided by Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Migros Culture Percentage, Corodis, Fondation Françoise Champoud, Stanley Johnson Thomas Foundation. Cie Philippe Saire’s home stage is the Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Laussanne.