Compagnie Philippe Saire: Hocus Pocus


Two friends take a fantastic voyage. They meet a knight and a gluttonous whale; they fly through billowing curtains and land in a spider’s web. Every task they face makes them stronger and requires all their ingenuity. The work ingeniously deploys the bodies of the two dancers, only a few props, and light and shadow to create fantastical figures and eerie and funny episodes. Gravity dissolves; everything appears to float in the air. Everyone can invent their own story to accompany these images; everyone can be puzzled, astonished and amused. The young audience see how expressively the human body can narrate a story without words, purely through movement. Accompanied by music from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, this work enchants with a blend of dance and puppet theatre, illusionism and magical lighting. Ideal for dance novices from seven years of age!

For people aged 7+

“At once charming and magical. A wonderful way of speaking about and to the young audience.” – Le Temps, Lausanne

“A small gem that speaks wonderfully to its young audience, for whom dreams still have a powerful presence and meaning. It is magic and much better than magic!” – Radio Télévision Suisse

“There is no age limit when it comes to being enchanted by this technical and artistic tour de force. With or without children, “Hocus Pocus” magnetically draws our gaze.” – Radio Télévision Suisse

“The children are enchanted, says the choreographer from French-speaking Switzerland, who tested his piece while he was creating it. The adults are enchanted too.” – Le Temps, Lausanne

Concept & Choreography: Philippe Saire | Music: Edvard Grieg | Premiere: October 14, 2017, Lausanne | Duration: 45 minutes no intermission

Dates & Prices

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 3 pm & 5 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 3 pm & 5 pm

Theaterhaus → T4

25.– € / dis.: 23.– € / under-18: 15.– €


Dauer // Duration: ca. 45 Minuten ohne Pause // approx. 45 minutes with no intermission

Konzept & Choreographie // Concept & choreography: Philippe Saire
Choreographie in Zusammenarbeit mit den Tänzer*innen // Choreography in association with the dancers: Philippe Chosson, Mickaël Henrotay-Delaunay Dancers on tour Philippe Chosson, Mickaêl Henrotay-Delaunay, Ismael Oiartzabal 
Bühne // Set production: Léo Piccirelli 
Requisiten & Accessoires // Props & accessories: Julie Chapallaz, Hervé Jabveneau 
Ton // Sound: Stéphane Vecchione 
Technische Leitung // Technical direction: Vincent Scalbert 
Konstruktion // Construction: Cédric Berthoud 
Musik // Music: Edvard Grieg
Photos: Philippe Pache


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


Cie Philippe Saire is governed by a joint support agreement between the City of Lausanne, Canton of Vaud and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. It’s supported by Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Migros Culture Percentage. Cie Philippe Saire is in permanent residency at Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne.

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