ANTIGONE with english surtitles
by Sophocles and using "The Three Lives of Antigone" by Slavoj Žižek
In an adaptation by Mateja Koležnik and Diana Koloini, German by Frank Born
"It takes a lot of time to go a short way."
Seven years after her production of "Oedipus," Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik now brings the next part of the myth about the Theban royal family to the Resi stage, which is both a political thriller and a family epic. Oedipus' sons are already dead when the action begins, and yet they are the bone of contention: in the struggle for the throne they killed each other in a duel, their uncle Creon takes over the regency and finally wants to ensure better times in the house of the tragically blind Oedipus - in a country that has long suffered from plague and war. He forbids burying the attacker Polyneikes, whereupon the latter's sister Antigone revolts and goes to her death rather than obey the royal command. What is at odds here? State power against religious custom, strict rational command against rebellious feeling, old man against young woman? The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek understands the choir, the people, as the third power and thus shows how far the discord in the royal house has moved away from social reality. Mateja Koležnik combines Sophocles' drama with this current reading and reinterprets the myth for a time in which personal and societal well-being are once again weighed harshly against each other.
"I know that theater is about distinguishing between right and wrong, deciding which character you side with. In 'Antigone,' the personal right, based on one's family, one's faith, is opposed to that of the state and its decisions. Reading the play today, I think that both are in the wrong and that they are not even willing to listen to each other. That's why I want to tell the story from both perspectives." Mateja Koležnik
Production Mateja Koležnik
Stage Christian Schmidt
Costumes Ana Savić Gecan
Music Bert Wrede
Lighting Gerrit Jurda
Choreography Matija Ferlin
Dramaturgy Constanze Kargl
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