This talk features dancer and choreographer Raimund Hoghe and visual artist Franko B in conversation with Martin Hargreaves. They speak about how they share a conception of themselves as ‘image makers’ – a term proposed by Franko B. Hoghe notes that he doesn’t see himself as a creator but rather someone creating ‘atmospheres where things can happen’. The ‘centrality of change’ is another element they find in common in their work; using different bodies on stage and introducing the notion of ‘diversity as a neutral’. The audio includes substantial showings of video materials of the artists’ works, which we have linked to where possible / available.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2010, which was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School and Dance Umbrella.
Raimund Hoghe was born in Wuppertal and from 1980 – 90 he worked as dramaturge for Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal which became the subject matter for two 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.
Raimund makes his Dance Umbrella debut with L’Apres-midi, a solo for Emmanuel Eggermont. This work continues Hoghe’s passion for reinterpreting classics in the ballet repertoire which have included Sacre – The Rite of Spring (2004) and Swan Lake, 4 Acts (2005).
Franko B was born in Milan and has lived in London since 1979. He has exhibited and performed widely, including at Tate Modern, ICA, South London Gallery and Beaconsfield, and has presented work internationally in Moscow, Zagreb, Mexico City, Milan, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Madrid and Vienna, Tate Liverpool, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork. Franko B lectures widely,
Since January 2009 he has been appointed professor of sculpture at the Accademia Di Belle Arti, Macerata , Italy.
He has been the subject of three monographs, most recently, ‘Blinded by Love’ (Ed. Dominic Johnson, Damiani 2006). He states: ‘I’m essentially a painter who also works in performance. I come from a visual art background and not “live art” or theatre, and this is very important to me as it informs the way my work is read. In the last 20 years or so I have developed ways of working to suit my need at that particular time, in terms of strategy and context, by using, installation, sculpture, video and sound.’
Adapted from bios published in 2009. Raimund Hoghe passed away in 2021.