Raimund Hoghe

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Sat, Sept 17
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What does fall in New York City evoke for you?
Falling in love.

What do you think is the biggest fiction?

What do you have to resist most often?
I always try to find for beauty.

What sustains you?
People, art, beauty and the possibility to communicate with others.

What inspires you?
People and the reality around me.

In a word, what does Crossing the Line mean to you?

About Raimund Hoghe

Raimund Hoghe was born in Wuppertal, Germany, and began his career 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 became the subject of two additional books. Since 1989, Hoghe has been creating his own theatre pieces for various dancers and actors. In 1992, he began a collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte that continues today. In 1994, he produced his first solo, Meinwärts, which together with the subsequent Chambre séparée (1997) and Another Dream (2000) formed 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, but is still little known in the U.S. He had his first U.S. tour in 2009, performing his ensemble work Boléro Variations at Portland’s TBA Festival, the Walker Art Center, and Dance Theater Workshop, as a co-presentation with the Crossing the Line Festival. The tour garnered sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Hoghe lives in Düsseldorf and has been awarded several prizes including the Deutscher Produzentenpreis für Choreografie in 2001 and the French Prix de la Critique in 2006 for Swan Lake, 4 Acts. Critics from the magazine ballettanz named him Dancer of the Year in 2008. Mr. Hoghe is known for energizing and destabilizing audiences as he questions conceptions of abnormality. In 2009, Hoghe created Sans-tître, a duet with Faustin Linyekula, and in 2010 he created Si je meurs, laissez le balcon ouvert, a piece for nine dancers, in tribute to the dancer and choreographer Dominique Bagouet. Raimund Hoghe is currently working on a duo with Takashi Ueno, Pas de Deux, an allusion to the famous style which has survived the history of dance.



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