Helge Letonja 

“Boxom” [boçɔɲ], a word from the Wolof language, which is widely spoken in Senegal, is an image often used there for its own society: a crumpled piece of paper. A dynamic network of folding lines is created, a metaphor for the many different contexts in which people are connected. With dancers from Africa and Europe, the intercontinental renowned choreographer Helge Letonja “unfolds” aspects of the “Boxom”, questions West African realities, looks from there to Europe and vice versa.

In his ensemble piece, he fuses elements from the different languages of dance, live singing, light and rough scenic moments to transcultural dance art. At the same time, individuals and opposing worlds, protected in a common “boxom”, meet, struggle with rigid structures or search for ways out that offer security. Would you marry me?

Choreography: Helge Letonja I Dance: Kossi Sébastien Aholou-Wokawui, Thierno Ibrahima Diedhiou, Mamadou Dieng, Soraya Ebelle, Ziv Frenkel, Nestor Kouamé, Medoune Seck, Alesandra Seutin, Claudia Voigt I Dramaturgie: Anke Euler I Choreographic assistance: Ziv Frenkel I Song composition: Y’Akoto I Composition: Florian Tippe, Y’Akoto I Costumes: Adama Paris I Video: Médoune Seck I Lighting design: Laurent Schneegans I Production management: Tobias Steiner, Sarah Myriam Wolf I Technical direction: Roman Fliegel I Production: steptext dance project I in co-production with: Theatre im Pfalzbau I In cooperation with: École des Sables/ Jant-Bi, Toubab Dialaw, Senegal I Supported by the Senator for Culture Bremen
Performance Dates


2 January 2016, 7.30 pm
Kassel State Theatre

30 January 2016, 7.30 pm
Theatre Bremen

2 June 2015, 8.00 pm
3 June 2015, 8.00 pm
Heidelberg lever hall

29 May 2015, 9.00 pm
Théâtre de Verdure, Dakar

6 November 2014, 7.30 pm
Within the framework of AFRICTIONS – CAPTURED BY DANCE
Theatre at Goetheplatz Bremen

30 October / 1 November 2014, 7.30 pm
Within the framework of AFRICTIONS – CAPTURED BY DANCE
Theatre in the Palatine Building, Ludwigshafen