Raimund Hoghe

Raimund Hoghe, who will visit Poland for the first time, is one of the most important contemporary European creators (still unknown in Poland that's why we are happy to introduce such fascinating artist). Born in Wuppertal, he started his career as a journalist in "Der Zeit" - he is a writer, theoretic and art and dance critic, the author of many artistic outsiders' portraits - to become at 80's dramatist of Pina Bausch and the author of two books about her Tanztheater. In the beginning of 90's he decided to be a director-choreograph and to create poetical spectacles which mixed the best achievements and experiences ( and also the themes about alienation/ exclusion/ lack of love and loneliness) of classical dance theatre with the aesthetic minimal art inspired by modern tendency in choreography. By mixing great tradition with original artistic vision and music sensitivity the art came into being with unique quantity and with the aesthetic which put Raimund Hoghe on the top of European choreographers at the turn of the century. His own history (he is a handicapped since his childhood and is homosexual orientation made him being an outsider at 70's and 80's) and his artistic way are the great beginning to analyze the dance theatre phenomena and to observe how the artists from this trend transform it in artistic way by their own experiences and sensitivities.

Hoge is an author of more than 10 choreographies. He is also active on the stage at his own spectacles. He collaborates with TV companies (films with him we will have chance to see within the series taniec.doc at MALTA Festival 25.06, f.ex. his auto portrait "Der Buckel" from 1997 produced by WDR TV company)and his books are translated in many languages. Hoghe has been awarded several times for his choreography (f.ex. Deutscher Produzentenpreis fur Choreografie" / 2001, Prix de la Critique 2006 for "Swan Lake, 4 Acts" as „The best foreign spectacle"). In 2008 he was called "the best dancer 2008" by Balletanz International.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was writing once about the needs of going with its body to the war/fight. Those words has inspired me and made my decision to be at the stage. Other inspirations are: the reality around me, the time we live at, my memories of people, events pictures and feelings and the power and beauty of music. Also confrontation with my own body which doesn't suit to the beauty standards. Bodies on the stage that don't fit to the norms - are very important to me - not only in the contest of art and dance history but also in the light of contemporary tendency that made human being created aesthetic objects. But what if it's about the success? It's important to do your job and to follow your own way - with success or without. I just do what I feel I have to do ...

Raimund Hoghe

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