Raimund Hoghe



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. In 1992 he started his collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte, who still is his artistic collaborator. In 1994 he produced the first solo in which he performed, "Meinwärts", which together with the subsequent "Chambre séparée" (1997) and "Another Dream" (2000) made up a trilogy on the 20th century. Since 2002, Raimund Hoghe has also been working on group pieces : "Sarah, Vincent et moi" (2002), "Young People, Old Voices" (2002), "Tanzgeschichten" (2003), "Swan Lake,4 Acts" (2005), and the duo "Sacre - The Rite of Spring" (2004) with Lorenzo De Brabandere.

He went back to the solo form in 2007 with "36, Avenue Georges Mandel" created in Seoul and presented during the Festival d'Avignon. Raimund Hoghe follows his cycle on classical dance and history of dance pieces with "Boléro Variations" in 2007 ( creation for the Centre Pompidou / Festival d'Automne in Paris) and the solo "L'Après-midi", for the dancer Emmanuel Eggermont, on Claude Debussy "Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune" and Gustav Mahler "Lieder" (creation in Festival Montpellier Danse 2008 /Théâtre du Hangar). Raimund Hoghe frequently works for television on projects such as "Der Buckel", his hour-long self-portrait for WDR (West German Radio and Television). His books have been translated into several languages and he has presented his performances all over Europe, as well as in North and South America, Asia and Australia.

He lives in Düsseldorf and has been awarded several prizes including the "Deutscher Produzentenpreis für Choreografie" in 2001, the French Prix de la Critique in 2006 for "Swan Lake, 4 Acts" (in the category "Best Foreign Piece"). Critics from the magazine ballet-tanz elected him "Dancer of the Year" 2008.