The award-winning Cypriot director Kostas Silvestros returns to the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” seven years after Plutus (2016) – that had caused a sensation to audiences and
The award-winning Cypriot director Kostas Silvestros returns to the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” seven years after Plutus (2016) – that had caused a sensation to audiences and critics alike – to present in a poetic mood a timely production of the Sophoclean tragedy Antigone.
With a select group of artists of the contemporary Cypriot scene at his side, the director stages a performance of particular power, inspiration and aesthetics that redefines ancient drama in today’s world, aiming to act as a “prayer” among the ruins of the modern world.
Antigone, perhaps the most popular tragedy by Sophocles and one of the finest works of ancient Greek drama, takes place in Thebes after the civil strife that led to the death of the two rival brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices. King Creon orders that Eteocles be buried with honours, leaving Polyneices unburied as an enemy of Thebes. But the sister of the two dead, Antigone, does not obey the order and decides to honour Polyneices with a proper burial. She is arrested and brought to Creon, who, following the laws of the state, sentences her to death.
Led by the excellent translation of Nikos A. Panayiotopoulos, the team experiments with new kinesiology forms and original sounds, to take us on a journey in the play’s dark universe, in search of a fresh take on Sophocles’ timeless text.