Sigrid T’Hooft: a discovery of historical gestures

Through her years of passion and experience in historical dance and body expression, Sigrid T’Hooft developed into a director of operas, performed in a historically informed manner.

How did your passion for the movements of a singer on stage develop?

I was bitten by early music and dance as a child. Always I wanted to know what body language was appropriate to the music of the time. Later, I discovered that baroque dance really existed. A dance that was therefore really connected to that music. I realised that dance music could only sound the way it did because there was a certain body language associated with it that was peculiar to that time. Fifteen years ago, I started focusing more on staging musical theatre and opera. Because just in the same way as with dance, there is also a body language associated with a singer singing on stage. I have always found that very exciting.