Like the great muscleman of Greek mythology, in this fictional setting Hercules of Lubumbashi turns out to be a hero and saviour. With a cunning trick he succeeds in protecting his village community from the exploitative manoeuvrings of the local mining company and enabling them to gain a share of the riches of their land. This utopian oratorio for eleven Congolese and European musicians, one singer and one dancer, is both a critique of the current situation and a source of hope. The music contains echoes of Handel’s ‘Hercules’, post-minimalism and ancient African mythology. And always at the centre is Hercules, dancing freely.