The autumn of 2011 brought an exciting period for Eva Duda Dance Company. French choreographer: Lionel Hoche’s RetourAuNoir is the first international collaboration in the life of the rapidly developing company.Lionel Hoche joined the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1983, where he danced under the direction of Jiri Kylian. During his six years with the company, he danced in pieces by other prestigious choreographers such as William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Jose Limon. In 1989 Lionel Hoche joined Astrakan, Daniel Larrieu’s company, with whom he danced until 1991. In 1992 he became Larrieu’s assistant for Attentat Poétique, created for the Paris Opera Ballet. Lionel Hoche founded his own company Association MéMé BaNjO (Compagnie Lionel Hoche) that same year and presented Prière de tenir la main courante at the International Cannes Dance Festival, who commissioned and produced this work.
Lionel Hoche has worked as a freelance choreographer for various companies since 1990. Much in demand, he has created over fifty new commissioned works for more than thirty of the world’s most prestigious ballets, such as the Paris Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Batsheva Dance Company, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Zurich Ballet, the National Ballet of Finland, the Compañia Nacional de Danza (Madrid), the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Ballet Philippines. In January 2002, Lionel Hoche received the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, a knighthood for his contribution to the promotion of dance in France and abroad.
Mr Hoche, unlike many French choreographers, focuses on movement more than theatrical atmosphere. A choreographer to watch.” Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
Lionel Hoche is a young man who has technique, know-how, and quite naturally enjoys putting them into practice…This 37-year-old choreographer knows how to capture the attention of audiences and media alike…” Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde
In the collaboration project with Eva Duda’s company, the choreographer would like to play with the obsessions and aesthetics of the « fantastic » genre and transfer its codes into a live choreographic project.
The performance is to convocate a poetic and facinating world of ghosts, possessed virgins, monsters and other symbolic features. This peculiar journey willd rive us to a series of strange « tableaux », sliping deeper in a hypnotysing, drowned world. This very ambivalent and binary world, where black is against white, light verses shadows, feminity facing masculanity, will borrow themes from different artistic areas to built a vocabulary and images of references and modernity, looking into the past to built an ambiguous contemporary « fantastic » world.
In my collaboration project with Eva Duda’s company, I would like to play with the obsessions and aesthetics of the « fantastic » genre. I would like to transfer its codes into a live choreographic project.
Both literature and movies are very rich of this phenomenom that appeared in the XVIIIth century, to fulfill our very human need for mistery, the unknown, or some other dimension ; all of this we lost with the enlightment of that century, where rationalisation happened and of course the death of God.
I would like to convocate a poetic and facinating world of ghosts, possessed virgins, monsters and other symbolic features of this era on to the stage for a peculiar journey…
To a series of strange « tableaux », sliping deeper in a drowned world, hypnotising !
This very ambivalent and binary world, where black is against white, light verses shadows, feminity facing masculanity, etc, will borrow in different artistic areas (movies and litérature…) to built a vocabulary and images of references and modernity, looking into the past to built an ambiguous contemporary « fantastic » world.” Lionel Hoche
Performers: Anna Gulyás, Zsuzsa Jónás, Eszter Lázár, Gábor Bora, Márton Csuzi, Zoltán Grecsó and three dancers choosen in the workshop: Beatrix Csák, Bence Mezei, Gábor Zsíros
Music: Sebastian Roux, montage
Costumes, set and light design: Lionel Hoche
Costumes production: Zsófia Opra Szabó
Set production: Miklós Kicska
Sound and light technic: Péter Fledrich
Assitant to the choreographer: Zsuzsa Jónás
Production assistant: Barbara Czveiber
Production manager: Balázs Arató
Artistic director: Éva Duda
Choreography: Lionel Hoche
Supporters: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Ministry of National Resources, MU Theatre, Art Cinema
Premiere: 21-22. October 2011. 20.00, MU Theatre
Poster: Dániel Dömölky