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Di, 28/01/2020, 19:00 Uhr
Komponierte Musik / Musiktheater / Oper / Konzert

Hercules of Lubumbashi


Im Rahmen des / Within: CTM 2020 Liminal

How much reality can we put into music without losing our minds? What happens when the global mining company GLENCORE sings its Twitter feed as a Handel aria? PR language becomes pure baroque beauty and reminds us of what words can really mean in times of Fake News. Based on Handel's Hercules, “Hercules of Lubumbashi” is an oratorio for 11 Congolese and European 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 local population’s habitat. The audience becomes the surprising witness of unsettling Congolese realities, of the particularities of Congolese humour, and of the beauty and brutality of sound. 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. Additional music is by Joseph Kiwele, Benjamin Weidekamp, Daniel Freitag, and Kojack Kossakamvwe. The project is presented in cooperation with PODIUM Esslingen.

  • Dorine Mokha & Elia Rediger: »Hercules of Lubumbashi«

Based on Handel's Hercules, “Hercules of Lubumbashi” is an oratorio for 11 Congolese and European musicians, a dancer, and a singer that focuses on the destructive increasing demand for cobalt. Presented in cooperation with PODIUM Esslingen.

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