Cie Raimund Hoghe [Düsseldorf]

Boléro Variations

Boléro Variations
Boléro Variations

06.03 – 07.03.2009

Many boleros

Raimund Hoghe’s performances are rituals. In this way he exorcises his own demons as well as touching on universal themes. In a former life Hoghe was Pina Bausch’s dramaturge, and the Kaaitheater has presented nearly all his work.

After Swan Lake, 4 Acts and Sacre - The Rite of Spring, Hoghe again wanted to work on a well-known music and dance performance. This turned out to be Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. Hoghe: ‘Everyone is familiar with this short musical work and many artists have performed it or presented their own variations of it, including such choreographers as Maurice Béjart and Odile Duboc, and the conductors Leonard Bernstein and Benny Goodman. My first memory of the Boléro is the legendary performance by the figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo. But the bolero is also an eighteenth-century Spanish dance and a musical style that blew over from South America. Besame mucho for example is a bolero. I wanted to explore all these possibilities in my Boléro.’

For those who would like to discover, or rediscover, Ravel’s Boléro and many other boleros in a lucid and, to quote the French journal Mouvement, ‘mysterious and fascinating’ performance, there is just one name: Raimund Hoghe.


concept, choreography Raimund Hoghe | artistic collaboration Luca Giacomo Schulte | with Ornella Balestra, Lorenzo De Brabandere, Emmanuel Eggermont, Raimund Hoghe, Yutaka Takei, Nabil Yahia-Aïssa | lighting Raimund Hoghe, Amaury Seval | sound Frank Strätker | music Maurice Ravel, Giuseppe Verdi, Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski & Boleros of Latin America, performed by Marguerite Long, Maurice Ravel, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Casadesus, Benny Goodman, Morton Gould, Pierre Monteux, Maria Callas, Anita Lasker-Walfisch, Chavela Vargas, Pedro Infante, Doris Day, Tino Rossi, Luis Mariano, Mina… | production Cie Raimund Hoghe (Düsseldorf-Paris) | coproduction Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté (Belfort), supported by the convention CULTURESFRANCE / Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté / DRAC Franche-Comté, Tanzquartier Wien | support Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf | thanks to Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf), La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) (dans le cadre de Studiolab)