The Last Minutes Before Mars

The Last Minutes Before Mars is a mixed-reality immersive 360° video and live performance that dangles the audience above a vat of bubbling ethical considerations, asking them to take a position, any position: 

Humanity is currently at high risk of extinction. Agree or disagree? Humanity must colonize Mars to ensure our survival. Agree or disagree? The first colonists to Mars should be a diverse group of people representing all of humanity, including the blind, the deaf and people with intellectual disabilities. Agree or disagree? The first colonists to Mars should be our brightest and our best, the healthiest and strongest people we can possibly find. Agree or disagree? The microbes living in the colonists’ intestines have the right to opt out of the mission. Agree or disagree? 

“Right at the opening, the youngsters leave no doubt who will be ‘the boss’ here in the future.”

Sven Westernströer, WAZ (2020)

Presentation History

Schauspielhaus Bochum; Bochum, Germany
Schauspielhaus Bochum; Bochum, Germany
Schauspielhaus Bochum; Bochum, Germany
Schauspielhaus Bochum; Bochum, Germany
Schauspielhaus Bochum; Bochum, Germany

Original Credits

The Original Production of The Last Minutes Before Mars at Schauspielhaus Bochum in 2020 was:
Conceived and Directed by Darren O’Donnell
Film Produced by Alice Fleming
Design by Sorcha Gibson
Music Composition by Isola Music
with Co-Devisors Konstantin Bock, Alice Fleming, Tina Fance, Jana Eiting, Chiara Prodi, Kiera O’Brien, Thule Van Den Dam, William Drew, Sara Guttadauro, Sara Ben Hamouda, Andrada Ciccotto, Fjoralba Qerimaj, Jerwin Mostiero, Morena Marra, Genny De Leon, Elisa Fasiello, Mervin Fajardo, Roberto Do Carmo, Lynn Dokoohaki, Joanna Gawor, Eeske Hahn, Christopher Rocholl, Emma Rose, Pascal Ulrich, Sonja Vallot & Fi Nicholson.

The Last Minutes Before Mars was originally co-commissioned and co-produced by Triennale Milano Teatro and ZONA K, with support from the Canada Council of the Arts, development support from the Australian Council for the Arts and the Goethe Institut Toronto. With thanks to Stephen O’Connell & Leticia Gozzini from Itas Giulio Natta.