• Geoffrey Burgon
  • The Trial of Prometheus (1988)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Choreography by David Bintley

  • 2+pic.2+ca.2(Ebcl)+bcl.2+cbn432+btbn.1timp.3perchppfstr
  • 25 min

Programme Note


Prometheus forms creatures from clay mixed with his tears and animates them with fire stolen from heaven. For this theft he is brought to trial before the Olympians. Aries and Dionysus, gods of war and wine, find the creatures lacking in ‘manly’ virtue; Apollo and his retinue prove them deficient in grace and knowledge, while Hermes, the precocious messenger child of the Gods, mocks them for their earthbound clumsiness. Zeus makes his judgment and removes the life-force from the creatures. Prometheus, in contempt of the court, envisages a time when his creations will multiply and rise up against the Gods, defying their omnipotence. Outraged, the Olympians depart.