German Premiere

Raimund Hoghe

Lettere amorose, 1999-2019
Big Stage
Raimund Hoghe in schwarzem Gewand hält einen langen Stoffteppich in den Händen.

In the year 1999, when Düsseldorf-based choreographer, dancer and author Raimund Hoghe rehearsed “Lettere amorose” in Brussels, two Guinean boys tried to reach Europe, stowed away in a plane’s landing gear. When Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara reached Belgium, they were found dead. They carried a letter which described the situation in Guinea and their desire for a live in Europe. Now, in 2019, people again risk their lives and try to survive in Europe, and a letter written in 1999 takes on an eerie immediacy. That was one of the reasons why Raimund Hoghe chose to create “Lettere amorose, 1999 – 2019”, based on the 1999 play. Now, though, letters such as the one written by Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara are at the centre – alongside letters from Turks living in Germany and a letter by German poet Else Lasker-Schüler, requesting asylum with a Swiss friend following World War I.

Duration: 70 min.

Accompanying Programme
Sat 18.05. 19:30 Welcome address and introduction
  21:30 Laudation by Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund & Reception on the occasion of Raimund Hoghes 70th Birthday


A production by Raimund Hoghe – Hoghe & Schulte GbR (Düsseldorf), funded by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW and the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf. Supported by La Ménagerie de verre (Paris) in the framework of Studiolab and Teatro Municipal do Porto.