Sophocles: Antigone – 2000 years later

We have to speak up about contemporary times, of course, start a dialogue about the questions which bother and surround us, about giddiness of people who passionately bow to those who win. On the other side we have to speak up about the problem of well-known megalomania and wars, as well as history that not only defines, but rules our contemporaneity.

Sophocles: ANTIGONE – 2000 YEARS LATER

LOCATION: Fortress Minor, Mali Brijun
LANGUAGE: Croatian
CO-PRODUCTION: MESS Sarajevo, Ulysses Theater
DURATION: 1 hour, 50 minutes

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

What is the difference between Law and Justice? Female and male principles? Who has the authority to spot the boundary between anarchy and totalitarianism?
Antigone, a heroine who comes from the times when European civilization was given birth in agony, loves her two brothers equally – the one who fought on ‘the right’ side as well as the one who was defeated fighting on the other side – the ‘wrong’ one, and she wants to bury him despite the prohibition telling her otherwise. Her story is being interrupted by the same people, but different family, today’s family, whose story we developed from authentic documents. Family who wants to bury their son who went missing during the last war, despite all the bureaucratic nonsense and other absurdities which come with such an investigation. Both families are looking for their own piece of Justice in order to find some closure. Ancient myths and tragedies, like our life, have appeared out of a reality filled with blood and crime, noise and commotion… That type of manipulation of power, manipulation of masses, manipulation public opinion in which the behavioural constant is a lie, but every critical thought is proclaimed as hostile or treacherous, on our premises, on Balkan is – especially current.

TRAILERS

 

FROM THE PRESS
Maja Izetbegovic as Antigone is reaching her crescendo just as the role develops. At the beginning a little restrained, but later displaying moments of great performance and excellent character developement of Antigone, sister of all those who dare to say no in a particular historical moment .

Great Rade Serbedzija, who plays several characters, earned a big round of applause, and, although fantastic in all roles, perhaps his best one was Creon. (Vanessa Begić for Glas Istre, August 2015)

 

In each part of the performance, Šerbedžija retains the seriousness not seen in decades on local stages, maybe since the great tragic roles of Fabijan Šovagović.

Actress Katarina Bistrović Darvaš appears as a „double mother“ , as Creon’s wife Eurydice, but also as the paradigmatic mother of modern families from “our region”, brilliantly portraying paralysis and tragedy of women’s obedience ; ( … )

“Antigone”, directed by Lenka Udovicki, hits not only the center of the tragic Sophocles play, but also the post-Yugoslav war trauma, where every house had a royal loss, as well as executioners in their neighborhood.

 ( … ) ” Antigone” is a play with very strong performances and, so far, the most well-rounded work of director Lenka Udovicki. (Nataša Govedić for Novi list, August 2015.)

 

Fragmentary dramaturgy allows the mixing of space and time on a single stage, understandable at any moment of play thanks to the excellent music of Nigel Osborne and a strong stage movement of actors .

The message is clear – we are still looking for answers to the questions of difference between law and justice, the line between tyranny and anarchy and male and female understanding of the tragic events in life. (Tamara Opačak Klobučar for Večernji list, August 2015.)

Shows

Co-production: MESS, Ulysses Theater

Director: LENKA UDOVIČKI

Stage Adaptation: ŽELJKA UDOVIČIĆ PLEŠTINA

Costume Design: BJANKA ADŽIĆ URSULOV

Set Design: MIRNA LER

Video: MARTINO ŠESNIĆ

Composer: NIGEL OSBORNE

Choreographer: IVANA KALC

Stage Movement: MLADEN VASARY

Light Design: ANDREJ HAJDINJAK

Sound Design: DAVOR ROCCO

Antigone, daughter to Oedipus and Jocasta MAJA IZETBEGOVIĆ

Ismene, sister to Antigone DŽENANA DŽANIĆ

Creon, King of Thebes, brother to Jocasta and uncle to Antigone and Ismene RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA

Haemon, son to Creon and Eurydice, betrothed to Antigone ERMIN BRAVO

Tiresias, the blind prophet DAMIR URBAN

Eurydice, mother to Haemon KATARINA BISTROVIĆ-DARVAŠ

Chorus leader JELENA LOPATIĆ

Boy VEDAD SULJAGIĆ

The Family

Mother KATARINA BISTROVIĆ-DARVAŠ

Father RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA

Daughter MAJA IZETBEGOVIĆ

Younger Daughter DŽENANA DŽANIĆ

Son ERMIN BRAVO

Chorus

STUDENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ACTING OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS SARAJEVO AND ACTING AND MEDIA STUDIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA Darja Badnjević, Mak Čengić, Mirjana Đan, Lovro Ivanković, Aleš Kranjec, Anđela Kusić, Emir Mulalić, Sendi Bakotić, Nikola Nedić, Maja Ožegović, Mirta Polanović, Dino Sarija, Tena Antonija Torjanac and Marko Braić