School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Prometheus. Beginnings

Newman Studio, Walgreen Drama Center, University of Michigan

Prometheus. Beginnings

Prometheus. Beginnings is a devised dance theatre work, conceived by Tzveta Kassabova with the cast, that takes inspiration and ideas from two 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. 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.

‘Through metamorphosis I alter my form

Which has given rise to nothing but greed

May my limbs be covered in soft bark

Hairs become leaves

Arms become branches

All that remains is radiance. ‘ —Kevin Rittberger

A neat spool of rope trails away into a tangled pile.