200 years B.C., the military leader Hannibal crossed the Alps, marching from France towards Italy together with 60,000 Africans, Celts, Spaniards, thousands of horses and 37 elephants. 2,200 years later this story is retold by originator and stage director Hubert Lepka with the use of contemporary means: aircrafts as antique gods, snow cats as elephants or motocross and skidoo armies...
The group of Lawine Torrèn together with hundreds of co-starring participants from Sölden/Tyrol and the Flying Bulls (aviation acrobats of Red Bull) put the antique drama on stage. And what a stage: the Rettenbach glacier at 3000 meters above sea level – nothing but mountains, snow and ice; where nature determines the drama and ultimately rules everything.
Hubert Lepka: "What fascinates me about this story is that an African world power - Carthage - at the height of arrogance and vanity was sure of its influence. It was then provoked and challenged by young, cocky Romans, and there was one man who saw the chance of a lifetime, to use one unique idea to end this provocation. Hannibal. He came from the other side, of the Alps to be exact, laid siege to Italy but then right at the crucial moment, did not take Rome itself. If that had been different, none of us would be here now."
"Hannibal" was televised and is also available on a DVD which includes the making-of as bonus material.