A satellite can be many things – either a natural body (e.g. asteroid or moon) that revolves around a bigger celestial body (e.g. a planet) – or an artificial (= designed) body placed in the orbit of such a celestial body. Or it can be used to describe a country, area, or organization when it is controlled by or depending on a larger and more powerful one.
“Satellites” explores the usage of space exploration for propaganda in the Cold War.
Each performance is only for two audience members who become one astronaut and one cosmonaut. They are getting dressed in space suits and seated in pilot seats of a hemisphere-shaped space station. They hear two different perspectives of the situation, two different stories, via wireless headphones. An outside audience can prepare for their own mission later – or watch again where they just have been inside. The audio track also instructs the inside audience how to perform (in all senses of the term) in space.
“To fly through space yourself! In „Satellites“ at Ballhaus Ost the spectator becomes an astronaut. The space station: a hemisphere covered with gauze. On it there are video projections of moving stars and planets. You get the impression of a floating, circular movement. Post theater dares to enter new spheres, combining science fiction with documentary theater and media art.”
(Sandra Luzina, Tagesspiegel)
Artistic directors: Max Schumacher
Voice actors: Mareile Metzner, Eray Egilmez, Patrick Khatami, Tomas Spencer
Text: Max Schumacher
Music and sound design: Sibin Vassliev
Stage design: Venelin Shurelov, Max Schumacher
Media art: Yoann Trellu, Venelin Shurelov
Costume design: Elica Georgieva
Light design: Fabian Bleisch, Elliot Bursch
Graphic design: Hiroko Tanahashi
PR and press contact: Heike Diehm, k3berlin
Production management: Mario Stumpfe, artkrise.
A production of post theater (Stuttgart/Berlin) in cooperation with SubHuman Theater (Sofia), Ballhaus Ost and FITZ (Stuttgart).
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and LAFT BW / Ministery of Culture of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Supported by the Goethe Institute Sofia, the Ministery of Culture of Bulgaria, the International Theater Festival “Varna Summer” and Digital Arts Festival Sofia.