worth seeing anything by Raimund Hoghe, a critic and dramaturge
who worked for a long time with Pina Bausch and who has
made riveting dance works over the last decade”
—The New York Times
are as smart as they are moving”
—The New York Times
Crossing the Line is pleased to present three events
around the inimitable Raimund Hoghe and Faustin Linyekula,
a young star
from Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Sans-titre is a unique partnership between Raimund
Hoghe and Faustin Linyekula. The work examines the deeply
connections between people across age, culture, and geography
through Hoghe’s nuanced, poignant approach to movement
and “theater without words.”
Raimund Hoghe Bio
Raimund Hoghe had his first, and long overdue, US tour in
2009, performing his ensemble work, Boléro Variations,
at Portland's TBA Festival, the Walker Art Center, and
DTW, as a co-presentation with the Crossing the Line Festival.
The tour garnered sold out houses and critical acclaim.
He lives in Düsseldorf and has been awarded several
prizes including the Deutscher Produzentenpreis für
Choreografie in 2001. Mr. Hoghe is known for energizing
and destabilizing audiences as he questions conceptions
- 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 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 twentieth century. 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.
He has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Faustin Linyekula Bio
Dancer and choreographer, Faustin Linyekula lives and works
in Kisangani, North-East of the Democratic Republic of
Congo, former Zaire, former Belgian Congo, former independent
state of Congo.... Faustin teaches in Africa, Europe (Cork,
Parts / Brussels, CNDC / Angers, Lisbon, Impulstanz / Vienna),
and in the United States.
- Following literature and theater studies in Kisangani,
he settled in Nairobi in 1993 and collaborated with
mime artist Opiyo Okach and dancer Afrah Tenambergen,
co-founding in 1997 the first contemporary dance company
in Kenya, the Gàara company. Their first piece, Cleansing,
received an award at the Rencontres chorégraphiques
africaines de Luanda in 1998. Faustin worked then as
a choreographer, performer, and dance teacher between
South Africa, Reunion Island, and Europe. He was offered
residencies by Régine Chopinot in La Rochelle (France),
Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier (France), and the Tanzwochen
Festival in Wien (Austria) where he created with South-African
dancer Gregory Maqoma Tales off the Mud Wall (2000).
Back in Kinshasa since June 2001, he has developed
there a company dedicated to dance and visual theater,
providing training programs, as well as supporting
research and creation: the Studios Kabako. Memory,
forgetting, and the suppression of memory—in his works,
Faustin addresses the legacy of decades of war, terror,
fear and the collapse of the economy for himself, his
family, and his friends. With the Studio, Faustin has
presented seven pieces: Spectacularly empty (2001), Triptyque
sans titre (2002), Spectacularly empty II,
a revival for the black box of the 2001 piece, Radio
Okapi (2004), a performance space including guests
and live radio. Based on Congo’s recent history, Le
Festival des mensonges (Festival of Lies, 2005-06)
is performed in two versions: a 2-hour version and
an all-night-long version from 11pm to 6am. The
Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord (2007) tells the
story of a return to the native country: what happened
to the city after several years of war? After several
years away, where are the friends who dreamed once
to change African literature and theater? Festival
of Lies and The Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord were
both performed in Avignon as part of the 2007 Avignon
Festival. In 2007–08, Faustin worked on the staging
of La Fratrie errante, a text by Marie-Louise
Bibish Mumbu. In 2009, Faustin presented his own version
of Jean Racine’s Bérénice commissioned by the
Comédie Française / Paris in Spring 09, as well as
a Studio Kabako’s creation, more more more… future,
around ndombolo, the Congolese pop music (premiere
in Brussels in May as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts).
In 2009, he was also part of Sans-titre, a duet
by and with Raimund Hoghe. In 2006–07, he was part
of a think tank with other African artists and intellectuals
around the creation of an arts center near Cape Town.
In December 2007, he received the Principal Award of
the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.
Since 2006, Studio Kabako’s activities have moved to
Kisangani and Faustin is now working on the development
of a series of neighborhood cultural centers around
performing arts and image in the city.
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