THEATRE
ONASSIS STEGI / ATHENS

Prometheus

Nikos Karathanos gives us his take on this tragedy by Aeschylus, at Onassis Stegi.

There is no Caucasus here. No rock, no chain keep Prometheus bound. Everything takes place inside a house. A house-cum-meteorite hanging in space-time, engulfed by the four natural elements. Prometheus (Nikos Karathanos), Kratos and Hermes (Christos Loulis), Bia and Io (Galini Hatzipaschali), Hephaestus and Oceanus (Giannis Kotsifas) – all live here, like a family, making worlds.

This acclaimed artist – a perceptive observer of transcendence through readings of the familiar – directs, and performs as Prometheus. He recognizes each and every one of us in this character. “Prometheus represents you and me and everyone, in that moment where we look upon the reality of life and it looks back at us. There is something so very ancient inside every human being that makes time bend away in shame,” he notes.

Nikos Karathanos is turning his hand to ancient Greek drama for a second time, after tackling Aristophanes’ “Birds”; it is a source material that moves him because “it seems constantly to be telling me that ‘the opinions I have are my tomb, and justness is my resurrection’”.

“Prometheus Bound” is considered one Aeschylus’ late works. It is speculated to have been written between 475 and 470 BCE. Certain scholars still consider the date of its creation to be an open question. It is the only surviving work of Greek tragedy in which all the dramatis personae – with the exception of Io – are divine in status. In other words, “Prometheus Bound” is an affair that unfolds among immortals.

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