«Space is not only high, it’s low.
It’s a bottomless pit.»
The choreographic concert «We Are Going To Mars» follows the two video works of the same name by the company Christoph Winkler, which celebrated their online premiere in November 2021: In a mixture of video, dance and music, the participating artists examined the history of the first African space programme in Zambia and its reception over the past 50 years. They also builT a bridge to the work of the Afro-American musician Sun Ra, who developed his credo «Space is the place» at the same time.
Together with the band Mourning [A] BLKstar and their specially designed soundtrack, the production was performed in the Sophiensäale in April 2022. A sonic associative space was created in which the dancers and musicians interacted with eachother. From these dance miniatures and in connection with the songs of the band, a free collage developed about the longing of the «Afronauts» for Mars and what it can stand for.
Concept and Choreography by Christoph Winkler
Production Management by Laura Biagioni
Project Description by COMPANY CHRISTOPH WINKLER, Marie Akoury
Dance by Lois Alexander, Symara Johnson, Dava Huesca, Oluwafemi Israel Adebajo, Ridwan Rasheed
Music by Mourning [A] BLKstar - James Longs, Latoya Kent, Kyle Kidd, Elijah Vazquez, Theresa May, William Washington, Pete Saudek, RA Washington
Costume Design by Marie Akoury
Video Content by Martin Böttger, Vadim Epstein
Video Editing by Gabriella Fiore
Technical Management by Fabian Eichner
Sound by Björn Stegmann
Photography by Dieter Hartwig
Venue in Sophiensäale Berlin