On September 18th and 19th the Walker kicks off its performing arts season with something special: the opportunity to experience a direct line to the origins of Tanztheater (Dance Theater) in choreographer Raimund Hoghe.
A few things that peak my interest in Bolero Variations:
- Hoghe was Pina Bausch‘s dramaturge in the 1980’s when she became arguably the most influencial choreographer in Europe, maybe the world.
- Dramaturgy is at the heart of his choreography. He says he finishes dramaturgy then rehearses once or twice before performing. (The closest local comparison might be MadKingThomas). What is dance dramaturgy?
- Hoghe’s irregular dance body (hump and rickets) AND this quote “His intelligence is more disturbing than his ugliness.” – Tiago Costa.
- Hoghe’s work is entertaining for a three year old.
- His dancers are also: a jock, not at all a jock, a martial artist, and a doctor.
- Finally, in everything I have read Hoghe appears appreciative, inquisitive, and humble.
Also, this work in the McGuire seems perfect: a very formal space where the audience can get close to the performers. Personally I’ll be in the front row trying to get on top of a work described as minimalist, ritualized, expressive, precise, intelligent, fascinating, repulsive, boring, inspiring and always extraordinarily dramaturged.
Check out these Hoghe links: