Ant Hampton (British, born in Fribourg, Switzerland). Also known as Anthony / Anton
Ant made his first show as Rotozaza in 1998, a project which ended up spanning performance, theatre, installation, intervention and writing-based works, and often focussing on the use of instructions given to unrehearsed 'guest' performers, both on stage and in public settings, as detailed here. Rotozaza became a partnership with Silvia Mercuriali, and ended in 2009 after their last production Etiquette, which was also the first Autoteatro ‘show’. Since then Ant has worked withGlen Neath, Joji Koyama, Isambard Khroustaliov, Tim Etchells, Gert-Jan Stam and Britt Hatzius to create the work detailed here - over 48 different language versions exist of the various productions created so far.
Other solo projects include ongoing experimentation around 'live portraiture' as The Other People (La Otra Gente): structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was head dramaturg for 'Projected Scenarios' at Manifesta7 Biennial for Contemporary Art and has contributed to projects by Jerome Bel and Forced Entertainment. Prior to their recent collaborations (‘The Quiet Volume’, and ‘Lest We See Where We Are’) Ant worked with Tim Etchells for the 2009 'fantasy-protest' programme of live-art for the ICA, 'True Riches'.
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 a workshop, 'Fantasy Interventions - Writing for Site-Specific Performance'. Ant also works reguarly as coach / mentor for artist programmes such as MAKE (Ireland), A-PASS, Sound Image Culture (Beligum), Dasarts (Netherlands).