Dorine Mokha & Elia Rediger

Hercules of Lubumbashi

Part of "CTM 2020 – Liminal"


English / approx. 70 min.

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Based on Handel's “Hercules”, “Hercules of Lubumbashi” is a post-documentary oratorio for 11 musicians, a dancer, and a singer. The work’s co-creators, Congolese choreographer Dorine Mokha and Swiss composer and musician Elia Rediger, focus on the increasing demand for cobalt, its exploitation by international corporations, and the destruction of the life conditions of the local population. The work functions as a civil oratorio, reminding us of how connected the world is, and suggesting that art and the economy should not be dissociated.


Concept, lyrics, composition, voice: Elia Rediger / Concept, lyrics, choreography, dance: Dorine Mokha / Concept assistance and Artistic Direction PODIUM Esslingen: Steven Walter / Co-Arrangement: Daniel Freitag, Benjamin Weidekamp / Dramaturgy: Eva-Maria Bertschy, Katia Flouest-Sell / Assistant Dramaturgy: Sarah Ströbele / Stage Design: Flurin Borg Madsen / Assistant Stage Design: Johannes Plank / Costumes: Janine Werthmann / Video: Douglas Kasamuna, Elia Rediger / Video Assistants: Joseph Kasau, Blaise Pelos, Idriss Gabel / Choir: Les Troubadours de Lubumbashi / Orchestra: : Jenny Lippl (Violine), Ruth Kemna (Viola), Edward King (Violoncello), Per Hakon Oftedal (Trompete), Jakob Cirkel (Horn), Kojack Kossakamvwe (E-Gitarre), Merveil Mukadi (E-Bass), Benjamin Weidekamp (Klarinette, Bassklarinette), Daniel Freitag (live-Elekt / Technical Director: Clemens Kowalski / Research Advisor: Lucien Kahozi Kosha / Production Director, Congo: Judith Kalanga / Project Management: PODIUM Esslingen, Pamina Dittmann (Projektleitung)


  • Past
    Tue 28.1.2020, 19:00 / HAU1
    Wed 29.1.2020, 19:00 / HAU1

After the performance on 28 January: Artist Talk 


Presented by CTM Festival and PODIUM Esslingen. A project by PODIUM Essling in co-poduction with Kaserne Basel, funded by the Fonds TURN of the Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany and Pro Helvetia. CTM 2020 is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Initiative Musik, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Goethe-Institut, Federal Foreign Office, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, Nordic Culture Fund. In collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, transmediale 2020, Kulturprojekte Berlin, and many more.


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