Dear beloved friend
They will come, they will have no choice, they will come in their tens of thousands, in their millions.
With a sense of growing unease, Dries Verhoeven read about a future African refugee influx and the continent's expected birth explosion. 'Where will this enormous group of people go in the predicted post-apocalyptic world?'
Run time 90 minutes
Language/voice over English
Opening night Sat., March 4
Dear beloved friend,
Verhoeven went to do his research and flew to the Nigerian city of Lagos, which is rapidly becoming the world’s largest city in an already densely populated country. As the problems pile up, he discovered a people bursting with energy and utopian thinking. Clearly, the apocalypse is not in fashion there. It’s hard to imagine a starker contrast with European fears. Are Nigerians fantasizing against their better judgement? Or are we in Europe too fixated on the past?-|-
Dear beloved friend, is a live film performance. Straight from Nollywood, the heart of the African film industry, Kininso Koncepts' incandescent performers enact our European nightmares. Via a live internet connection they address us in our comfortable theatre seats. Provocative, disruptive, and inescapable, like the future itself.
concept and direction Dries Verhoeven
creative producer Joshua Alabi
performance Ayoola Odubona, Israel Efosa Okpoko, Olorunniyi Zion Praise, Uche Enechukwu, Uche Kingsley Mborogwu
dramaturgy Miguel Melgares
assistant direction Casper Wortmann, Naomi Steijger
technical staff Roel Evenhuis, Jeremiah Anthony Irabor, Titus Duitshof, Bolaji Afolabi Rilwan
sound design Peer Thielen
sound Adebayo Habib Olaore
light Biokorogha Tumbra, Anthony Monday
voice over artist Moshood Fattah
Dear beloved friend, is made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Utrecht, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Dioraphte, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Fonds 21 and the Dutch embassy in Nigeria-|-
internet technician Bart van de Woestijne
internet NigeriaOmotayo Charles Ogunfeibo
video Adedire Badejo, Blessing Olalekan Okunola, Abiola Semiu Peter, Samuel Abaji
staging Athanasius Akojuru
media runner Ebenezer Obiji
welfare Olubanke Oyeniyi
drivers Dare Oshoniyi, Adekunle Adesanya
executive production ’n More - Lise van den Hout & Ellen van Bunnik / Kininso Koncepts - Angela Peters & Emmanuel Anya
production Studio Dries Verhoeven & Kininso Koncepts
office Kininso Koncepts Chinenye Chukwudi (admin manager), Oloyede Aribilola (admin assistant), Aniefiok Inyang (communications), Praise Alabi (legal representative)
Do we really dare to question our prejudices? Or have we become too politically correct? How do we move forward without losing each other?