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"Projekt Bethanien, Berlin"©Gianmarco Bresadola

In 1999, when I created at Kaaitheater in Brussels « Lettere amorose », two boys from Guinea tried to come to Europe in the wings of a plane. When Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara, 14 and 15 years old, arrived in Belgium, they were found dead. With them they had a letter in which they describe the situation in Africa and their desire for a life in Europe. 20 years later, people risk again their life and try to survive in Europe. and the letter from 1999 seems to be written today. Therefore I created in 2017 a new version of “Lettere amorose”, focused on political letters – for example the letter from Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara and a letter from Else Lasker-Schüler. The premiere of “Lettere amorose, 1999 – 2017” was 2017 at La ménagerie de verre in Paris, the German premiere this year at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.

This summer I was working on a new book publication with some of my texts written between 1979 and today – “Wenn keiner singt, ist es still”. In this book I talk about famous and unknown people, survivors of the Holocaust and people with Aids, singers as Joseph Schmidt and dancers as Kazuo Ohno, Pina Bausch and Gret Palucca, writers as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Hervé Guibert, Peter Handke and Heiner Müller, a cleaning woman in Wuppertal and an old prostitute in Düsseldorf, photographers as Stefan Moses and Martin Rosswog, people who have something in common – for example courage to go the own way.. The book will be published with support of Kunststiftung NRW at Verlag Theater der Zeit, September 2019.

At the moment I’m working also on a new piece with the Korean dancer Ji Hye Chung and the Japanese Takashi Ueno. Together with them I will be on stage. The first rehearsals we’ve had this year at Montpellier Danse and at Teatro Rivoli in Porto. The premiere of “Postcards from Vietnam” (working title) will be this winter.

You'll always find updated schedules of my work on this website, which I've developed together with Jacqy Gantenbrink.

Raimund Hoghe, August 20, 2019

"La jeunesse est dans la tête" ©ARTE Square Artiste – Carte Blanche à Raimund Hoghe


Performances  May 2019 - April 2020