Helden. LukᚠSlavický. ©Charles Tandy Helden. Emma Barrowman, LukᚠSlavický. ©Wilfried Hösl Helden. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl
Terence Kohler

Choreography by Terence Kohler
Music by Lera Auerbach and Alfred Schnittke

„To become a hero, one must be different. The deeds of a hero shall bring him glory, they can be of physical or intellectual nature: Courage, a willingness to make sacrifices and to stand up for ideals and fellow human beings. Heroes are the counterpart of villains and cowards – or so they should be.”

Helden/Heroes is a comprehensive theme: Kohler choses to focus in on the conflict between Epimetheus and Prometheus. According to mythology, the former assigned animals their character traits while the ladder brought fire down to earth - hence introducing culture to human kind which opens up doors to claim power. This might either be used to bring reason and useful items to humanity, or to surrender to the satisfying feeling of omnipotence which might ultimately become self-destructive. Terence Kohler extends this challenge to find reason into the here and now in search of hope for a better future ahead. The music for the 'symphonic ballet with a storyline' is composed of pieces by Alfred Schnittke and Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach who worked closely with Kohler, contributing original scores for his work. Stage-, object- and costume design is by rosalie.

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