Prometheus & Epimetheus (film)
Filmed in Scottish Ballet’s studios during the Covid-19 lockdown, Prometheus & Epimetheus was commissioned for the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival.
This film is based on the short film of the same name created by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom for the 2019 Digital Season.
Scottish Ballet premiere: August 2020
Original Concept & Direction: Zachary Eastwood-Bloom
Choreography: Alexander Whitley
Director: Michael Sherrington
Music: Ash Koosha
The myth of Prometheus & Epimetheus
Prometheus and Epimetheus were brothers and Titans who sided with Zeus in his war against the Titans. Prometheus represents ‘Forethought’ and Epimetheus represents ‘Afterthought’. Zeus delegated the task of making mankind to them.
Prometheus was very wise; however, his brother Epimetheus was impulsive, scatter-brained and prone to changing his mind. Before making mankind, Epimetheus gave all the favourable attributes to the animals; strength, speed, courage, cunning, flight and protection. Leaving no qualities left for mankind he apologetically asked his brother for help. Prometheus thought of ways to make mankind more superior; he fashioned them in a nobler shape than the animals, upright like the gods. He went to the sun, lit a torch and brought down fire for them, a protection better than fur or feathers or strength or swiftness.