Prometheus Now

Gaitkrash Theatre Company, in collaboration with pianist Gabriela Mayer, invoke the figure of Prometheus to re-ignite the spark of hope & renewal. This unique & compelling online performance features an exciting blend of cross-disciplinary art forms: classical piano, theatre, sound art & videography. Together the creative team has created a haunting fusion of image, sound & text against the dramatic backdrop of a melancholic warehouse on the Marina in Cork.

“I gave them fire…”

Presented with the support of MTU Arts Office CONNECT Le Chéile Arts Project Fund. See details of more supported projects on arts.mtu.ie

Prometheus Now is a multimedia performance piece that speaks to the eternal cycle of devastation and regeneration, darkness and light. Inspired by the mythical figure of Prometheus, the artists have created a filmic weave of classical piano, sound art, text and visual image. Gaitkrash, in collaboration with solo pianist Gabriela Mayer, and supported by the MTU Arts Office, invokes the figure of Prometheus to ignite the spark of hope.

Prometheus means pre-sight; he is the trickster, forever exploring a way forward, the one who illuminates the world! Friend to humankind, prophet and rebel, Prometheus risked the wrath of Zeus to steal fire and to gift it to humans. Inspired by this fearless and inventive mythical figure, the artistic team has chosen a warehouse on the Marina in Cork as the canvas on which to project their ideas. The warehouse in its forlorn state represents the devastation caused by the wrath of Zeus who intended to rid the Earth of humankind. Re-enlivened by the spark of invention, the warehouse is gradually transformed by a visually and sonically intriguing work.

This collision of art forms has ignited a poetic and experimental work by drawing on an unlikely and boldly juxtaposed range of music, text, image and sound art. Influences range from Patti Smith, Arvo Pärt, Charles Bukowski, Tim Crouch, Henryk Górecki, Joseph Campbell, P.B. Shelley, Aeschylus, Mozart, The Doors, Bach and Liszt.

Premieres Monday 21 June 2021, 8pm. Followed by post-show Q&A.
Available on demand, 22 and 23 June 2021.

“Gaitkrash – a frontier of experimental theatre” – Irish Examiner

“MTU Arts Office is proud to support this Gaitkrash collaboration featuring two MTU Cork School of Music lecturers, Regina Crowley (theatre studies) and Gabriela Mayer (piano), through the CONNECT Le Chéile Arts Project Fund. This interdisciplinary dialogue offers a bold exploration of new ways to interpret and express the moving image, music, language, and sound. MTU Arts Office is delighted to continue our association with this dynamic creative company and our relationship with Cork Midsummer Festival.” – Sarah C. Morey, MTU Arts Officer

“Gaitkrash…wonderfully self-aware…fearless…experimentation with style and form” – Arts Scene in Wales

“[Gabriela Mayer is] a superb pianist whose musical understanding complemented her own musicianship.” – Declan Townsend, Irish Examiner