Dance - The trails of Prometheus

Stadttheater Giessen theatre-season: 2003 / 2004
opening night: 14.02.2004
dance-performance after an idea by Tarek Assam and Peter Oppermann
choreographer and concept: Tarek Assam
choreographer: Paulina Wycichowska, Eric Oberdorff
set- and costume-design: Tina Kitzing
libretto and dramaturgy: Peter Oppermann



Taken from Greek mythology:
Prometheus tried to deceive Zeus for the benefit of mankind, who thereupon withdrew the fire as punishment. When Prometheus stole the fire and returned it back to earth, Zeus sent Pandora to all humans, who bestowed upon them evil and illnesses. Zeus ordered that the offender himself was forged onto a rock, where an eagle gnaws daily at his liver, which renewed itself during night-time, until Herakles redeemed the sufferer.

The ballet is structured into the following scenes:
Song of the Oceanids - A world without fire - The fire - Dialogue with the gods - The banishment - Finale

Each member of the audience receives a small rock at the entrance to the Theatre a symbol of the rock which Prometheus is forged onto. A performer, symbolising the eagle, joins the audience in the foyer and confronts them with text fragments of the myth of Prometheus.

The set consists of two variable structures made out of glass and steel, which are filled with pieces of rock. The pieces can be moved in different positions on the stage to represent narrowness and wideness, city and nature. They offer a space for performance and projection platform for the different situations Prometheus has to go through, in order to bring back the extinguished fire to mankind. The rocks are in flames, as the positive and negative use of fire and its effects are being projected and expressed through dance. The costumes reflect a uniform society where identity is being pushed back. Only the figure of the eagle, into which each dancer has the ability to change into, differentiates itself by its expressive costume. (Tina Kitzing)