Co-directors Emilios Chilakis and Manolis Dounias delve into Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A play that has become emblematic of resistance to power, Antigone examines young Antigone’s fatal decision to bury her dead brother, Polynices, in violation of the king’s rules. The ten roles of the play will be shared among three performers, Athina Maximou, Emilios Chilakis and Michalis Sarantis. A ten-member chorus will provide the narration.
THE PLOT IN BRIEF
A worldwide symbol for love and resistance, Antigone is considered one of the greatest creations of Sophocles (496 BC – 406 BC), a pre-eminent tragic poet of antiquity. She decides to bury her dead brother Polynices despite the ban imposed by the King of Thebes, Creon. The clash between the two heroes reflects the eternal conflict between written and unwritten laws. Antigone performs her sacred duty towards a loved relative, marching heroically to her death. The tragedy was presented in 442 BC.
Why Athens Tip: Performed in Greek with English subtitles.
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