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.
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.
Elia Rediger, born 1985 in Kinshasa/Democratic Republic of Congo, is a widely-travelled Swiss artist, composer, playwright, and singer. He has written orchestral compositions, was part of the Konzerttheater Bern (2016/2017), was frontman of the pop group The bianca Story, and took part in the Big Band-Orchesters Brigade Futur3. He is a founder of the Group2030, which investigates manifestations of future ideas in current projects. Herkules of Lubumbashi is the second collaboration between Dorine Mokha and Elia Rediger after the play 2017 Oh Boyoma.
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.
Dorine Mokha is a dancer and choreographer born 1989 in Lumbubashi/Democratic Republic of Congo. His first solo piece, Entre deux..., was composed in 2013 and performed at the Connexion KIN Festival in Kinshasa. In 2014, he received a scholarship at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and worked with the South African dancer Désiré Davids and the Nicolas Mondon Trio. In 2015, he staged with the play Nzela ya Mayi with Franck Moka and Dinozord, which was performed at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin and at Theaterformen in Hannover. Since 2018, he has been a participant of the international co-production fund of the Goethe Institute.
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