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Laika

Four years before the Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first men to reach space, a dog named Laika was the first living creature launched into Earth’s orbit. Laika, a stray dog picked up on the Moscow streets, underwent strict training to prepare for her voyage. The crazy space race between the USSR and the USA, part of the so-called ‘cold war’, was to cost Laika her life. On November 3 1957 Sputnik 2 was launched, the first spacecraft guided by a living being, Laika. The voyage lasted 163 days and orbited the Earth 2370 times, travelling almost 160 million miles. Laika, in her spacecraft, circled the Earth, every hour and thirty five minutes until, on the 14th of April 1958, the satellite broke up as it re-entered Earth's orbit. Kaliningrad, the city of the stars, houses a big monument commemorating Russian space heros. Along with the homage to the cosmonauts Laika is remembered as another hero. We see her, she can´t stop barking, in the midst of a crowd high on expectation. She is not aware that she is going to begin a trip that will take her to a place where no living being has never been, a place from where she will never come back. Laika was the pioneer of the conquest of outer space.

  • Dancers: Meritxell Barberá, Eric Chlench, Àngel Figols e Inma García.
  • Councilman Artist: Jaime Belda.
  • Concept and Directors: Joan Miquel Reig.
  • Choreography Directors: Meritxell Barberá e Inma García.
  • Original music: Caldo.
  • Text: Mikel Labastida.
  • Audiovisual: Mariu R.Manfredi y Ana Ugalde.
  • Lighting design: Caldo.
  • A co-production of: Teatres Generalitat Valenciana, Centre Coreogràfic Comunitat Valenciana, Ajuntament de València, Ajuntament Aldaia, INAEM.