1 Aug 2019, 9am
1 Aug 2019, 10am
“Hoghe moves with economy and care, lightly yet fiercely; every gesture is pristine, flooded with dramatic import. Ueno is supple, gentle, able to leap with abandon one moment and to describe delicate patterns with his hands the next.” - The New Yorker
Raimund Hoghe is regarded as one of the pioneers of dance dramaturgy and as an artist, is a true vanguard of contemporary dance in Europe, challenging conventional notions of the body and beauty in dance and society through works which are “concentrated examinations of humanity”. His decade-long partnership with Pina Bausch is often referenced as a pivotal collaboration between a choreographer and a dance dramaturg, and one which had a significant impact on dance-making today.
For Hoghe, going onstage is taking up film maker Pasolini’s words to “throw the body into the fight”. Revealing and performing with his own unusual frame, Hoghe masterfully disrupts our problematic standards of body perfection which he believes equate humans to the status of design objects. Beyond this statement of visibility, the bodies in his work are not only physical and personal, but unfold to become complex spaces that reflect on history and culture.
In Pas de Deux, Hoghe is joined onstage by one of his regular collaborators, the Japanese dancer Takashi Ueno. With subtlety, humour and an eclectic profusion of jazz, classical music and poetry, Hoghe structures a series of delicate interactions around quintessentially everyday objects of Japanese culture, imbuing them with layers of meaning. Fragile and gentle movements, marked by ritual and deep human connection, expand into a cathartic resonance of time and beauty.
Bearing a title that alludes to balletic virtuosity, this minimalist duet is instead a meditative dialogue of movement between two contrasting physical bodies, and a thought-provoking conversation between these different sites of memory and history. This performance marks a rare and first appearance of Hoghe in Singapore.
About Raimund Hoghe
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 to 1990 he worked as dramaturg 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. In 1992 he started his collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte, who is still 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.
Hoghe frequently works for television on projects such as Lebensträume (1994) and 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 North and South America, Asia 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 magazine ballet-tanz awarded him "Dancer of the Year" for 2008. Books about his theatre works were published in France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.
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