Helge Letonja
How do people in South Africa, a country of extreme social contrasts, react to the rapid pace of global change? What does the enormous pressure for change cost them?
For DIGGING IN THE NIGHT, Letonja digs for buried worlds of longing and interweaves them with impressions from a country shaped by mining, where conflicts smoulder beneath the surface. “In Mpumalanga, in the countryside where we rehearsed and mines once provided employment, there is an unemployment rate of 30 to 40%. In cities like Johannesburg, casual “black dandies”, hipsters and start-up entrepreneurs stroll through the pulse of the night. The enclave and independent parliamentary monarchy of Lesotho, on the other hand, is home to the Basotho ethnic group, who have returned to their land and agriculture after losing their jobs in the South African mines. Are they still able to return to traditional ways of life?
Concept, Choreography: Helge Letonja I Choreographic assistance: Thabo Kobeli I Dance: Steven Chauke, Thabo Kobeli, Eugene Mashiane, Shawn Mothupi I Music / Composition / Collage: Teboho Letele, Matthew Sabela I Costumes: Helge Letonja I Production: steptext dance project I in co-production with: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Tanz! Heilbronn, Theater Bremen.
Performance Dates


15.-17. May 2018,  8:00 pm
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Premiere)

Sun 20 May 20187.30 pm

Mon 21 May 2018, 6:00 pm
Nationaltheater Mannheim, NTM Tanzhaus Käfertal

26 & 27 May 2018, 8:00 pm
Schwankhalle Bremen