Sacre – The Rite of Spring

Raimund Hoghe

Wed 04 Apr 2007, Thu 05 Apr 2007

Barbican (Conservatory)

Rosa Frank

Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ continues to inspire renowned choreographers. Now, together with the Belgian performer Lorenzo De Brabandere, Raimund Hoghe, longstanding dramaturge with Pina Bausch and internationally successful with his unique stage language, has developed a new, contemporary and minimalist interpretation of the ballet classic: an initiation ritual for two men. The production follows Stravinsky’s dynamic, infectious music without directly translating its tempo into movement: two dissimilar men create a common sphere in which they both approach and repel each other.

‘Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote of throwing the body into the fight. These words inspired me to go on stage. Other inspirations are the reality around me, the time in which I live, my memories of history, people, images, feelings, the power and beauty of music and the confrontation with one’s own body which, in my case, does not correspond with conventional ideals of beauty. To see bodies on stage that do not comply with the norm is important – not only with regard to history but also with regard to present developments, which are leading humans towards the status of design objects. It is important to be able to work and to go your own way – with or without success. I simply do what I have to do.’ RH

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 – 90 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. 1992 saw the beginning of his collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte. In 1994 he produced his first solo piece, “Meinwärts”, which together with the subsequent “Chambre Séparée” (1997) and “Another Dream” (2000) made up an award-winning trilogy on the 20th century. Hoghe frequently works for television on projects such as “Der Buckel”, his 1997 hour-long self portrait. He lives in Düsseldorf.