Ant Hampton


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Ant Hampton
1975, Fribourg, CH - lives in London, UK

Performance maker, writer and director.

Hampton founded Rotozaza (1998 - 2009), a project spanning performance, theatre, installation, intervention and writing-based works. In 1999 he joined with performer Silvia Mercuriali to make the second work, [DUE], in Milan, Italy. His work with Rotozaza continued with Mercuriali and / or other collaborators - in different countries / languages - creating over 20 Rotozaza productions, from early site-specific work in Milan and Paris through to a deeply explored strategy of selecting performers, different every night, who agree to take instructions, live and unrehearsed. This in turn gave rise to the ongoing Autoteatro series, beginning with the internationally successful 'Etiquette'.

The Autoteatro series continues with a growing number of solo projects and collaborations - The Bench, with writer Glen Neath, and The Quiet Volume, with artist Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) - an 'autoteatro' production, commissioned by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and Lola Arias for 'Ciudades Paralelas'. 

His other work includes an ongoing exploration of 'live portraiture' with Greg McLaren as The Other People (La Otra Gente): structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was head dramaturg for 'Projected Scenarios' at Manifesta7 European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sud Tirol, Italy. He has contributed to projects by Tim Crouch, Jerome Bel and Forced Entertainment. The recent 'fantasy-protest' programme of live-art for the ICA, 'True Riches', was also a collaboration with Tim Etchells, and gave rise to their subsequent real-world programme 'Futures and Pasts'. Together with Florain Malzacher and Vivi Tellas, he acted as facilitator for MAKE, a residential laboratory for experimental performance at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. For 'Rules and Regs at RADAR', Loughborough University, June 2009 he made a series of interventions drawing on writing, memory and film. His 2005 collaboration with Britt Hatzius, 'This Site Could Be Yours' involved invitations to over 20 artists and writers in a reflection on site-specific performance, photography and feasibility, and continues to produce off-shoots including Hampton's short performance 'The Audience'.

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