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Emissions and questionable billionaires or not: space is exciting and should inspire to create new works of art! If Elon Musk and NASA have the goal of “making space accessible to everyone” – then who is everyone? They want to be part of the next space mission! They want to go into space!

For SPACE DUDES – Once there and back, the space crew, consisting of Henrike Iglesias, Frank Häusermann, Olivia Hyunsin Kim and Rabea Lüthi, dives into the visual worlds of outer space and the mockumentary genre. In an application video, shot live on stage, the artists want to convince space companies and organizations that they have earned their seats on a sponsored orbital flight – because they wouldn’t be able to afford what is probably the most expensive vacation in the world. To prepare for the trip into space, the performers transform the Sophiensæle’s Festsaal into an astronaut training course. Together, they question the touristic exploration of space, rub shoulders with their fascination for space dudes, give free rein to their curiosity and dig deep into the theater’s bag of tricks to make a piece of the universe accessible to the audience.

The performance is a collaboration between the theater collective Henrike Iglesias, the actor Frank Häusermann, the Berlin-based choreographer, director and performer Olivia Hyunsin Kim and the performer Rabea Lüthi.

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Concept, direction, performance: Frank Häusermann, Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Rabea Lüthi, Marielle Schavan, Sophia SchrothConcept, direction, stage, video design, lighting: Leo G. AlonsoTheater pedagogy, artistic collaboration: Anna FierzConcept, Outside Eyes: Anan Fries, Laura Naumann, Malu PeetersTechnical direction: Gefährliche Arbeit, Anahí Pérez Sound design: Spoke SlomoCostumes: Nadine BakotaProduction management: ehrliche arbeit (DE), Maxine Devaud – oh la la performing arts production (CH)Press and public relations: Franziska JankeTranslation and surtitles: Naomi Boyce

A production by Henrike Iglesias in co-production with Sophiensæle. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and with the kind support of Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS. With the support of Theaterhaus Mitte, FFT Düsseldorf, brut Wien, ROXY Birsfelden.