EDEN | EDEN

Eden | Eden
2005

Company
Stuttgart Ballet

Concept, Direction, Choreography and Stage Design
Wayne McGregor

Music
Steve Reich

Costume Design
Ursula Bombshell

Lighting Design
Charles Balfour

Video Design
Ravi Deepres

Visual Effects
Luke Unsworth

Premiere date and venue
7 April 2005, Staatstheater, Stuttgart

Eden|Eden addressed the role of technology in the ethics surrounding the human body.

This work was set to Steve Reich's spoken libretto/musical score for the third act of his filmic opera, Three Tales, devised by Reich and his filmmaker wife, Beryl Korot. Dolly (named for the cloned sheep) pits scientists against one another in a thoughtful debate about the ethics of cloning.

Wayne McGregor: "What does it mean when you clone yourself? If I cloned myself, what are the differences in us? What is it that makes you a human being? Is it biology? Is it skin and bones, muscle? Or is it something much more spiritual, something that makes you different even if someone has the same gene pool as you?"

Since Stuttgart Ballet's premiere, Eden|Eden has also been performed by San Francisco Ballet and Atlanta Ballet.

Images © Stuttgart Ballet (of original production).