Invitation has a significant place in Raimund Hoghe's work. Whether it is Lorenzo de Brabandere in “Sacre – The Rite of Spring”, or Emmanuel Eggermont in “L'Après-midi”, this choreographer's space has been populated by many people. Ever since his first solo “Meinwärts” (towards me), he has continually opened up his world to the presence of other bodies. Real or imaginary presences, voices, silhouettes passed through the filter of memory, stories conjured up by refrains, songs. The vacant stage is inhabited; the movements, the rituals that cut it into shape, lead towards a wrestling with the fragments of time.
For “Sans-titre”, Raimund Hoghe invited in Faustin Linyekula, the Congolese choreographer and dancer. For him, to invite is to arrange a space permeable to sharing. To suggest music, which – like that of Bach – will follow its own course in each person, dancer and audience member. To bring in certain objects, move them around, to build points, counterpoints and zones of friction together. To wait for an image, to undo it, let it drift; to allow the creation of a language through which two bodies, different in shape, colour and culture might meet. To state. To lead. To unfold their relationship with death, with time.
Source: Festival d'Automne à Paris
More information : www.raimundhoghe.com
Raimund Hoghe was born in Wuppertal and began his career by writing portraits of outsiders and celebrities for the German weekly newspaper "Die Zeit". These were later compiled in several books. From 1980 - 90 he worked as dramaturge for Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal which also became the subject matter for two more books. Since 1989 he has been working on his own theatre pieces for various dancers and actors. 1992 started his collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte, who is till now his artistic collaborator. In 1994 he produced his first solo for himself, "Meinwärts", which together with the subsequent "Chambre séparée" (1997) and "Another Dream" (2000) made up a trilogy on the 20th century.
Since 2002, Raimund Hoghe works also on group pieces : "Sarah, Vincent et moi" (2002), "Young People, Old Voices" (2002), "Tanzgescchichten" (2003), "Swan Lake,4 Acts" (2005), and the duo "Sacre - The Rite of the Sprin" (2004) with Lorenzo De Brabandere. He went back to the solo form in 2007 with "36, Avenue Georges Mandel" created in Seoul and presented during the Festival d'Avignon. Raimund Hoghe follows his cycle on classical and history of dance pieces with "Boléro Variations" in 2007 ( creation for the Centre Pompidou / Festival d'Automne in Paris) and the solo "L'Après-midi", for the dancer Emmanuel Eggermont, on Claude Debussy "Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune" and Gustav Mahler "Lieder" (creation in Festival Montpellier Danse 2008 /Théâtre du Hangar).
Hoghe frequently works for television on projects such as "Der Buckel", his 1997 hour-long self portrait for WDR (West German Radio and Television). His books have been translated into several languages and he has presented his performances all over Europe, as well as in Japan and Australia. He lives in Düsseldorf and has been awarded several prizes including the "Deutscher Produzentenpreis für Choreografie" in 2001, the French Prix de la Critique in 2006 for "Swan Lake, 4 Acts" (in the category "Best Foreign Piece"). Critics from the magazin ballet-tanz awarded him "Dancer of the Year" for 2008.
Source : Raimund Hoghe 's website
More information : raimundhoghe.com
Artistic direction / Conception
Artistic direction assistance / Conception
Luca Giacomo Schulte
Faustin Linyekula, Raimund Hoghe
Raimund Hoghe, Amaury Seval
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Raimund Hoghe — Hoghe & Schulte GbR (Düsseldorf), coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2009 et Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster)