Edouard Hue

Edouard Hue Herausragender Tänzer 2019 03
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Edouard Hue

Outstanding Female Dancer 2019

Edouard Hue was born in 1991 and began his dance training at the Conservatoire Régional d’Annecy before joining the Ballet Junior de Genève. He has danced with, among others, the Hofesh Shechter Company – the London-based Israeli is considered one of the most exciting choreographers working today –, Olivier Dubois in France and, in Geneva, Foofwa d’imobilité, Alias Compagnie and Jozsef Trefeli. As a result, Geneva has become his artistic home. It was there that, in 2014, he set up his own Beaver Dam Company and created his first duet, “Murky Depths”, which soon received numerous awards and has been performed internationally. In addition to its base in Geneva the company has, since 2017, had a three-year artistic residence at the Auditorium Seynoud – Scène Régionale in Annecy. Edouard Hue is more than just a dancer and choreographer: he is also a passionate teacher who gives workshops in Switzerland, France, Greece and Japan.

Edouard Hue is one of a young generation of dancers whose artistic roots lay quite naturally in hip-hop and urban dance and who then completed a classical dance training. The result is a repertoire of movement forms that blend breakdance and ballet with new facets of contemporary dance. 2017 saw the creation of “Meet me Halfway”, with support from Pro Helvetia as part of a mentoring programme with Olivier Dubois, which attracted attention on international dance platforms. Hue’s solo “Forward” was created in 2018 as part of the “Dance & Dramaturgy” project initiated by Philippe Saire at the Théâtre Sévelin 36, which was produced in conjunction with the Dampfzentrale Bern, the Tanzhaus Zürich, the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva and the Roxy in Birsfelden. That same year he devised “Into Outside” for the school of contemporary dance in Montreal. At the Avignon Festival in 2019 he presented both works as part of the OFF festival, earning high praise for his dynamic dance style.

Guillaume Guilherme, jury member:

“The excellence of Edouard Hue is the product of vast experience spanning hip hop, Hofesh Shechter in Britain, other companies in France and Geneva and his own Beaver Dam. His dancing is agile, folding in on himself then expanding to his full breadth, opening up great spaces around him. His very presence seems to make the air denser; sometimes we hear the murmuring rhythm of his movement as it carries him forward. If a dancer can arouse emotion – and in Edouard Hue’s case he surely can – it is nothing less than a revelation.”