Raimund Hoghe: Bolero Variations

Every time Raimund Hoghe dances he throws himself into battle. But his severe scoliosis has also contributed to his minimalist, intensely dramatic choreography. As dramaturge to the late, lamented Pina Bausch from 1980-90, he absorbed some of her disturbing theatrical power, mordant wit, and an aesthetic that finds beauty in ordeal. As one writer says, "Hoghe has explored the subversion of dance norms afforded in the situating of his body alongside [other more] youthful bodies." In "Bolero Variations," he uses various Spanish/Cuban bolero songs, as well as versions of Ravel's endlessly accumulating one, to create a theatrical ritual that references both Germany's and his own past. Ravel's "Bolero," for instance, is linked to the horrors of Nazi Germany, and there's a plaster cast reminiscent of the one Hoghe slept in as a child. (photo by Rosa Frank)
Sept. 18-19, 8 p.m., 2009

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