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Boléro Variations


Newmark Theatre (map) Downtown
Sept. 11-12, 8:30 p.m. 2009


Maurice Ravel’s orchestral piece Boléro repeats a melody over and over, slowly crescendoing from quietude to bombast in its repetition. Choreographer Raimund Hoghe’s Boléro Variations is similarly singular, but the minimalist dance performance keeps things at a low volume, with precise, articulate motions within a tight framework. Hoghe’s unusual physicality is a focal point; the choreographer’s short stature and severe scoliosis confront the audience’s expectations of a dancer’s traditional appearance—subverting the lithe, elongated stereotype—while the muted ambulation of the piece’s six performers provide an unvarnished look at the divergence of different human body types. Using not just Ravel’s Boléro but other examples of the Spanish bolero as the backdrop, the piece is testament to one of the German choreographer’s primary inspirations, a quote from Italian film director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini: “Throw your body into the fight.” With Boléro Variations, Hoghe makes clear that, despite the accepted conventions of dance, simplicity and authenticity are its bedrocks.

Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

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  • Sept. 11-12, 8:30 p.m. 2009
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