Mars One

Mars One inspires a new production by the Opéra National de Paris

Amersfoort, 7 December 2015 - The Opéra national de Paris will perform a new production of La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz, also known as a "légende dramatique". The performance has been inspired by Mars One and its astronaut candidates. This production illustrates the extent to which Mars One can inspire people and, in this case, pieces of art.

“Mars One is extremely proud that the Paris Opera has chosen to use Mars One's story so prominently in their production,” said Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One. “Mars will be mankind's first home away from Earth. That step is not only about science and technology but also about the arts, which this partnership illustrates beautifully”

The director, Alvis Hermanis, sought a contemporary figure in which he could transpose the myth of La Damnation de Faust and give it a modern touch. It was Stephen Hawking, the genius scientist, in which Hermanis immediately saw the "Faust twenty-first century". Stephen Hawking has often argued in favor of manned missions into the solar system. It was here that Alvis Hermanis was inspired by the Mars One project: he saw this project as the most contemporary expression of this extreme dream, which, since Antiquity, incites human beings to leave their earthly life.

The Paris Opera has also used material from NASA, the European Space Agency, and others to create a film about the wonders of our world that will be shown in the architecture surrounding the play. This film enhances the play and takes the audience on a fantastic journey. The show will play from the 5th of December until the 29th of December 2015. The official premiere is on the 8th of December.

About Mars One

Mars One is a not for profit foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars. To prepare for this settlement the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2020. Crews will depart for their one-way journey to Mars starting in 2026; subsequent crews will depart every 26 months after the initial crew has left for Mars. Mars One is a global initiative aiming to make this everyone's mission to Mars, including yours. Join Mars One’s efforts to enable the next giant leap for mankind.

For more information about Mars One, please visit

About Opéra national de Paris

Entre les salles de l’Opéra Garnier inauguré en 1875 et celles de l’Opéra Bastille dont la construction s’est achevée en 1989, l’Opéra national de Paris propose, chaque année, une programmation riche et variée fruit de la recherche d’un équilibre entre redécouverte des classiques et présentation des nouvelles création. L’Opera de Paris  s’attache à faire vivre et rayonner les arts lyrique et chorégraphique, en France et dans le monde, selon quatre axes principaux: créer, transmettre, démocratiser, pérenniser.

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