On 11 November we are hosting a benefit production of Antigone directed by Theodora Vousta in aid of Bijlmer Bridge2Hope. This is a powerful production that will stun and inspire you as an individual to think about our society, the choices we make and the empowerment of women, loyalty and love. The production is dedicated to the Friends of Webster University Foundation, intervention project Bijlmer Bridge2Hope. This project focuses on the rightful freedom, independence and safety of survivors of sexual exploitation.
What would people be willing to do if you gave them permission to?
Antigone by Sophocles, a political thriller, remains relevant in our modern times. It challenges us to think of answers to questions about the position of the individual within the society, the empowerment of women, loyalty and love. Antigone, daughter of the doomed King Oedipus, defies the orders of the State’s ruler, Creon, and buries her brother Polynikis. Her act of love and rebellion triggers a sequence of dramatic events surrounding hers and Creon’s unbending stances. But it is Antigone’s courage, bravery and faith in love that touches us the most. After all, as her own sister conformingly tells her, “You ought to realise we are only women, not meant in nature to fight against men.” “Antigone” is about the underdog who fights the system, it is a play where the protagonist is a strong young woman; something rare even nowadays. In “Oedipus” everything goes wrong, “Antigone” is our chance to make things right and stand up for our values and our beliefs as individuals. Today we think that equality of the sexes, basic freedom rights and individuality are a given. The numbers unfortunately tell a different story. Women are still not equal to men, rights are being violated and societies express religious, political and social pressure on the individual through demagogues and extremists.
This is why it is important for the audiences of 2016 to experience “Antigone”. As Aristotle states “the theatre brings out a catharsis to the audience”, art can be therapeutic and suggest calls to action for matters important to the society and the well being of us all. Tragedy is about people trying to do the right thing but making mistakes along the way. Let’s learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in our future. Let’s break the cycle and leave a better world for our daughters and sons.
This is what Antigone fights for.
Antigone is the second production by iTie – The International Theatre in English, part of the Stichting TheodoraVoutsaProductions. Performed by a cast of 30 Dutch and international Artists, it is a multidisciplinary production that pays homage to all the women who once dared to be a girl.
Directed by: Theodora Voutsa Adaptation by: Cíntia Taylor Choreography by : Melanja Palitta
Date Nov 11th 2016 Start 20h30
Tickets Students: €10 Contributor: €17,50 Fellow: €35 (rows 2 & 3 and several privileges) Benefactor: €50 (row 1, concierge ticketing and VIP benefits