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concept, choreography, dance and set Raimund Hoghe

artistic collaboration Luca Giacomo Schulte

guest performer Takashi Ueno (dance), Luca Giacomo Schulte

lighting Raimund Hoghe, Arno Truschinski

sound Johannes Sundrup

duration 1h50min (no intermission)

production Raimund Hoghe Hoghe &  Schulte GbR (Düsseldorf) / Cie VENTO (Paris)

co-production Théâtre Garonne Toulouse, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and La Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) dans le cadre de Studiolab and by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

photo credits (from top)
© Rosa Frank
© Luca Giacomo Schulte
© Rosa Frank

Raimund Hoghe An Evening with Judy photo by Rosa Frank

Raimund Hoghe’s new solo piece An Evening with Judy continues his series of singer portraits. The starting point of his latest work is the iconic American singer and actress, Judy Garland. She began her career as a child star but died at the age of 47 from an overdose of sleeping tablets. Individual songs by Garland could be heard in several pieces by Raimund Hoghe to date but now he has decided to spread out and put the unusually broad repertoire of the star in the context of her life and times. As an actress, Judy Garland was also more versatile than the clichés put across: not only did she perform in gaudy 1960s musicals but impressed audiences with her performance in films such as the black and white Judgement at Nuremberg. Her role in this film about the Nuremberg trials forms the link to Raimund Hoghe’s first solo, Meinwarts (1994) in which he addresses the story of the Jewish tenor Joseph Schmidt who was persecuted by the Nazis and died in a detention camp in Switzerland. Along with his homage to Maria Callas, 36 Avenue Georges Mandel, An Evening with Judy forms a trilogy with three unusual singer personalities at its centre.

Raimund Hoghe An Evening with Judy photo by Luca Giacomo Schulte

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 started his collaboration with the artist Luca Giacomo Schulte, who is till now his artistic collaborator. In 1994 he produced his first solo for himself, "Meinwärts", which together with the subsequent "Chambre séparée" (1997) and "Another Dream" (2000) made up a trilogy on the 20th century.

Raimund Hoghe and Takashi Ueno An Evening with Judy photo by Rosa Frank

Since 2002, Raimund Hoghe works also 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 the 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 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).
Hoghe frequently works for television on projects such as "Der Buckel", his 1997 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 Japan 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 magazin ballet-tanz awarded him "Dancer of the Year" for 2008.

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