03.09.2021 to 06.09.2021 | Concert Format

prometheus dis.order

According to myth, Prometheus formed the first humans: defective pre-series models. Ludwig van Beethoven's ballet music "The creatures of Prometheus" illustrates these awkward attempts to walk. For BTHVN 2020, the Tonhalle puts the Titan in the center and puts it on the couch. In a spectacular production by Nick & Clemens Prokop (TYE Shows) the real reason for the failure becomes obvious. And Beethoven's music becomes a rollercoaster ride through a world in disorder.

Beethoven's ballet "The Creatures of Prometheus" was premiered in 1801 with great success - and yet, although 28 further performances followed at the time, it still ekes out a shadowy existence to this day. Only the overture is regularly heard in concerts. The reasons are obvious: the story is undramatic, the musical dramaturgy short of breath and hardly danceable. It is regrettable, however, that Beethoven's downright experimental music, which takes a deep look into the composer's workshop, has remained so unknown. And that Beethoven has not succeeded in giving the Prometheus myth the scenic-musical power that this so strong material deserves.

"prometheus dis.order" places Beethoven's music in a completely new space of experience. For the production in the dome-shaped hall of the Tonhalle, the brothers Nick & Clemens Prokop developed a stage sculpture that combines and contrasts different facets of light: A high-tech scenery vignette and a cloud of gauze are projection surfaces which are played by dynamic 3D effects.

Prometheus itself is danced by three dancers* of the Ballett am Rhein (choreography: Virginia Seggara Vidal). They embody his split being, oscillating between human love, megalomania and destruction. With minimalist movements they interrupt the motoricity of the short movements of the ballet music and at the same time trigger the 3D effects that surround them as a dynamically shining aura.

Closely connected with the dance is another layer of the staging: spoken texts and musical interference are interpolated between the sentences, which as precise sound collages create meaning even where the sequence of sentences in the score appears dramatically unmotivated. In this way, they contribute to telling the Prometheus story together with Beethoven in an up-to-date and credible way.


Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Ehrenhof 1
40479 Düsseldorf

Admission prices

€ 21 - € 47
Concessions: Students 50%
Pupils €7.00

Ticket information

+49 211 913 875 38


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