Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz


By Aeschylus. German text by Heiner Müller based on the interlinear version by Peter Witzmann

Two major claims collide: one from Prometheus and one from Zeus. Their joint victory over the Titans turns the once companions in arms into rivals, bringing to light their diverging ideas about domination: while Zeus autocratically defines the destinies of gods and mankind, Prometheus rebels and gives the arts of civilization to the then still amorphous mankind. This is why he ends up forever tied to a rock in the Caucasus Mountains.
The text by Aeschylus (one of the oldest theatre plays known), as translated by Heiner Müller and Peter Witzmann, presents the ideas of justice of both rivals through clear-cut language prisms; their ambivalence refers to a mythologically codified law. In this apparatus, all subjects of Zeus –Kratos and Bia, Hephaestus, Okeanos- must behave. The chorus, an allegory of an abstract citizenry, fluctuates between opportunism and revolution. Prometheus, played by Max Hopp, is no passive victim. In chains, his job is to produce words. A job that, in Dimiter Gotscheff's staging, makes us confront the Antiquity as pure language, translating to our times the Greek founding myth.


With: Max Hopp (Prometheus), Sebastian König (Chor), Frank Büttner (Hephaistos), Thorsten Merten (Okeanos), Maia Alban-Zapata (Io) and Trystan Pütter (Hermes)

Choreography: Tony De Maeyer

Director: Dimiter Gotscheff
Costumes: Mark Lammert
Music: Sir Henry
Light Design: Torsten König
Dramaturgy: Sebastian Kaiser