Prometheus. Beginnings. is a devised dance theatre work, conceived by Tzveta Kassabova with the cast, that takes inspiration and ideas from plays written by the Berlin-based playwright Kevin Rittberger. The piece creates the environment in which some of the pressing questions of our time float in, come to focus, and interact with each other. The piece is an exploration of an entanglement of movement, spoken word, improvisational music score by Steve Hilmy and the evocative set of the production. The piece explores the challenges of immigration, our current climate crisis, and the role of technology in our lives. Prometheus. Beginnings. was originally created in the context of the conference “Diffractive World-Making – Theatre and Science Beyond the Capitalocene” and an initial version was premiered at the University of Indiana. The piece is realized with the help of SMTD RCI grant.
Devised by Tzveta Kassabova and the Company
Jason Cianciulli, Edie Crowley, Antonio Disla, Molly Felsher, Lenin Izquierdo, Charles Lee-Rossing, Victoria Vourkoutiotis
Inspired by the work of Kevin Rittberger (translated by Jack Davis)
Also featuring texts by Donna Haraway, György C. Kálmán, Franz Kafka (translated by Willa and Edwin Muir), Ocean Vuong, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Kevin Roose, Mark Rothko, Paul Schrader, Dr. Clare Hintz, Joseph Weiss, Philippe Lioret, and the IOM Handbook
Original Music & Performance Steve Hilmy
Lighting Design Jess Fialko
Dramaturg/Script Supervisor Abigail Labbé
Assistant Dramaturg Samuel Aupperlee
Set/Costume Design Tzveta Kassabova
Production Stage Manager Molly Cesanek
Rehearsal Director Jason Cianciulli
Poster by Ryan Espitia
Special thanks to the University of Michigan Sailing Club for all the support and for providing the lifejackets for our work.