“After ‘Swan Lake' and ‘The Rite of Spring', I wanted to work on another famous piece: Maurice Ravel's ‘Boléro'. This short piece, so well known these days, was first performed in 1928 at the Paris Opera, and has inspired many choreographers such as Maurice Béjart and Odile Duboc, conductors like Leonard Bernstein and the band leader Glenn Miller. My first memory of ‘Boléro' is the interpretation by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean during the Sarajevo Olympic Games in 1984: a
presentation on ice that was revolutionary in its field and has since become legendary. But the bolero is not just a work by Maurice Ravel; it is also a Spanish dance invented in the 18th century and a South American style of music and dance. ‘Besame Mucho' is a bolero, as is the song ‘Somos Novios'. In this new piece I wanted to work with this other dimension of bolero.”
Source: Maison de la Danse programming
Conception, chorégraphie Raimund Hoghe collaboration artistique Luca Giacomo Schulte avec Ornella Balestra, Ben Benaouisse, Lorenzo De Brabandere, Emmanuel Eggermont, Raimund Hoghe, Yutaka Takei lumière Raimund Hoghe, Johannes Sundrup son Patrick Buret musique Maurice Ravel, Guiseppe Verdi, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky et Boleros d'Amérique du Sud
Production Compagnie Raimund Hoghe (Düsseldorf-Paris) coproduction Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté/Belfort avec le soutien de la convention CULTURESFRANCE / Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté / DRAC Franche-Comté ; Tanzquartier Wien (Autriche) avec le soutien de la ville de Düsseldorf remerciements particuliers à la Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf et à la Ménagerie de Verre/Paris
Réalisation vidéo Charles Picq date du document vidéo 2007 production Maison de la Danse
Durée de l'œuvre 2h
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
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