Antigone

Antigone, the collaborative work by choreographer Nicole Beutler and theatre-maker Ulrike Quade, is a visual adaptation of the Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 442BC. The co-directors couple the themes explored by the original with current issues, focusing on the question of how free our actions truly are. Polynices has been slain in combat. The law dictates that he may not be buried, on pain of death. His sisters Antigone and Ismene take very different standpoints on the matter. Ismene chooses to obey the law and stay alive, while Antigone ignores her family’s advice and follows her own ideals, paying for her courage with death. Almost 2500 years on, how should we interpret the choices they made? Antigone weighs up the two sisters’ ideas. It’s not easy to take sides with one or the other. What is good; what is evil? Their internal motives are revealed in a manipulative game played between performers and puppets. The puppets were made in Japan especially for this production by Watanabe Kazunori in the Bunraku theatre tradition.

  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler
  • © Anja Beutler

Cast & Credits

Idea / direction: Nicole Beutler, Ulrike Quade
Made in collaboration with the performers: Hillary Blake Firestone, Cat Smits, Michele Rizzo
Second cast: Silke Hundertmark, Judith Hazeleger, Pere Faura
Puppets: Watanabe Kazunori
Costume: Jessica Helbach
Dramaturgy: Georg Weinand
Research and assistance: Justa Ter Haar
Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen
Music compostion: Gary Shepherd
Technique: Martin Kaffarnik
Coproduction: Nicole Beutler Projects, Ulrike Quade Company
Made with support of: Grand Theater Groningen, Frascati Amsterdam
Thanks to: Felix Ritter

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