Concept, choreography & set: Raimund Hoghe;
Dancers: Raimund Hoghe, Takashi Ueno;
Artistic collaboration: Luca Giacomo Schulte;
Light:Raimund Hoghe, Arno Truschinski;
Sound: Frank Strätker;
Production: Company Raimund Hoghe (Düsseldorf – Paris);
Co-productione: Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Féstival d’Automne à Paris;
Supported by: Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, FIAF Crossing the line (New York), The Baryshnikov Arts Centre (New York), Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Montpellier Danse, résidence à l’Agora, Cité internationale de la danse, Goethe Institute in Bucharest
A term emblematic of 19th-century virtuoso classical dance, the pas de deux, danced by couples, is the crowning moment in classical ballet. Raimund Hoghe’s Pas de Deux with Takashi Ueno is, in its own way, virtuosic. The hand and arm movements— bold up and down strokes tracing words in the air — can be seen to represent an anthology of dance, beautifully encapsulating the art form’s array of gestures. The two dancers move together in isolation, subtly revealing their worlds.
Pas de Deux presents a dialogue between the two dancers: a conversation about the ways in which they are similar and the ways in which they differ; an investigation into the structure of the (danced) relationship between two people. Hoghe and Ueno explore who they are and where their interaction might lead. Doubling and difference, symmetry and discordance, similarities and uniqueness: these are the various stages they go through on their common journey.
Raimund Hoghe was born in Wuppertal. He spent his early career as a writer for the German newspaper Die Zeit, and has published several books. From 1980 to 1990 he was dramaturg for the late choreographer Pina Bausch’s renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal. In 1990, he started making his own work, and in 1992 began a longstanding collaboration with the visual artist Luca Giacomo Schulte who continues to work closely with him. Hoghe’s work has been presented across Europe, Japan, Australia, and the United States, and has been met with critical acclaim. He was awarded the Prix de la Critique in 2006, and in 2008, was named ‘Dancer of the Year’ by the magazine Tanz. He lives in Düsseldorf.
Takashi Ueno was born in 1981 in Japan. At age 14, Ueno began modern dance, working with Misako Nanbu. He moved to Paris in 2004 with a two-year scholarship from the Japanese government. He studied ballet, contemporary dance, and African dance. He currently dances for several choreographers including: Paco Decina, Kimiho Hulbert, Saiko Kino, and Raimund Hoghe, among others.