Prometheus & Epimetheus (film)
Scottish Ballet’s first-ever Digital Artist in Residence, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, built on his visually sublime arsenal of digital artworks by working with three choreographers and composers to create Technology//Mythology//Allegory – a series of three new works – for the 2019 Digital Season.
Personifications of forethought and afterthought, Prometheus & Epimetheus investigates the relationship between technological progress and our inability to think far enough ahead. Motion captured and digitally augmented, Prometheus & Epimetheus is a collaboration between Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and choreographer Alexander Whitley with music by Ash Koosha.
Scottish Ballet premiere: Digital Season 2019 (World Premiere)
Concept & Direction: Zachary Eastwood-Bloom
Choreography: Alexander Whitley
Director of Photography: Alan McLaughlan
VFX Artist & Editor: Sam Goodwin
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.