Through their Herkules von Lubumbashi project, artists Elia Rediger and Dorine Mokha counter the current dystopian climate with the artistic necessity of creating new futuristic imagery. Their contemporary documentary and speculative postcolonial music theatre focuses on the conflicts around mineral resources and the situation of miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, relying on art's ability not only to formulate a critique, but to envision concrete solutions or alternatives to current conflict situations. Is it not still the case that to strengthe utopian thinking, we require strong works of art that formulate humanistic values in a comprehensible, and emotionally effective way?
A specially-prepared video discussion with artists and project protagonists Elia Rediger and Dorine Mokha will be shown in the presence of Eva-Maria Bertschy and Wolfgang Kaleck, who are both actively involved in various facets of the project.
Presented in cooperation with PODIUM Esslingen, which managed the project Herkules von Lubumbashi.
Eva-Maria Bertschy worked as a freelance dramaturge and production manager with Ersan Mondtag and others. As a dramaturge and researcher at Milo Rau / IIPM, she realised numerous plays, other theatrical formats, and the international documentary film project Das Kongo Tribunal (2015-2017). She worked with Elia Rediger and Dorine Mokha for Oh Boyoma (2017) at KonzertTheater Bern.
Wolfgang Kaleck is the founder and General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. Together with partners around the world, ECCHR takes legal proceedings in cases of crimes against international law or related to business and human rights.
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