ANTIGONE by Sophocles
5th SEASON ART, GREECE
5th Season Art presents Sophocles’ Antigone, a diachronic criticism on the arrogance of power, directed by Themis Moumoulidis, using a new translation by Panayiota Pandazi. It is a contemporary approach to the masterly tragedy presented in a poetic visual environment, complemented with contemporary music by Stavros Gasparatos.
In Antigone, a deeply political text, the need of the free man to live in accordance with his personal value system, clashes with the attempted dominance of an arbitrary and arrogant power. However, is it possible for one to represent the whole of society, and therefore claim universal legitimacy and acceptance of his authority? Antigone decides to bury her brother, convinced that the unwritten law of the heart is above human law.
▪ With English surtitles
After the death of Oedipus, the king of Thebes, his two sons, Eteocles and Polyneices, become Thebes’ rulers. They agree to reign in alternate years, but after the first year Eteocles refuses to surrender the throne. Polyneices joins forces raised by Adrastus, king of Argos, and attacks Thebes. In a duel during the battle, the two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, kill each other. Creon, their uncle, assumes the throne and orders that Eteocles should be buried with hero’s honors, whereas Polyneices, who sinned in attacking his native city, should remain ignominiously unburied to be eaten by dogs. Mandate is explicit: the penalty for trying to bury the body is death.
Antigone, their sister, disobeys the order and following the unwritten laws buries her beloved brother. Creon condemns her to be buried alive in a cave, disregarding the desperate pleadings of Haemon, son of Creon and fiancé of Antigone. When Creon, rebuked by Tiresias, eventually yields and goes to set her free it is too late. Antigone has already put an end to her life, to be followed by Haemon and even, Queen Eurydice, Haemon’s mother, who also kill themselves. The tragedy builds as Creon laments over his fatal errors and the loss of his loved ones.
In the beginning was the Word…
Sophocles’ word served as a political reflection for the audience in the particular period of time the play had been set on stage.
People all around Greece who attended the play were telling us that they were totally shocked by discovering how fresh and modern Sophocles’ message sounds.
It is not only about the arrogance of the political power or the desperate need of human beings to live according to ethical standards, but also about the ultimate need to learn how to listen to each other and to re-invent the essence of democracy. The reaction of the audience was the perfect reward of our work and efforts.
Theatre company profile
5th SEASON ART
Founded in 2007, led by artistic director Themis Moumoulidis, 5th Season Art is experiencing art as an act of creation in a wide range of genres.
5th Season Art presents play and music theatre, concentrated exclusively on thought provoking text-based new writing, as well as rediscovering new aspects of classicalrepertoire.
Behind the scenes, 5th Season Art continues to discover and develop a new generation of theatre makers as well as new – innovative talents. 5th Season Art takes action on the field of theatrical production, in particular on music theatre.It has also actively involved in publishing new plays or new interpretations of ancient drama into modern Greek as well as a series of theoretical essays about modern theatre.
Previous work includes Twelfth Night and Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, The Mistress of the Inn by Carlo Goldoni, The Trojan Women and Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides.
Translated by Panayiota Pandazi Directed by Themis Moumoulidis Set/Costume Design: Panayiota Kokkorou Music: Stavros Gasparatos Movement: Elena Gerodimou Sound director: Yiannis LambropoulosCast (in order of appearance): Antigone: Ioanna Pappa Ismene: Eleni Zarafidou Creon: Nikitas Tsakiroglou Guard, First Messenger: Stavros Zalmas Haemon: Giorgos Papapavlou Teiresias: Nikos Arvanitis Eurydice: Marouska Panayiotopoulou Second Messenger: Kostas Falelakis Theban Citizens: Costas Velentzas, Manos Karatzoyiannis, Giorgos Nousis, Kostas Falelakis, Marouska Panayiotopoulou, Giorgos Papapavlou, Eleni Zarafidou