“Much is monstrous, yet nothing is more monstrous than man.” – Antigone by Sophocles
Antigone’s heroic protest is restaged by Brazilian activists and members of Belgian city theatre NTGent’s global ensemble in this innovative new work.
Award-winning Swiss theatre director Milo Rau returns to Adelaide Festival in 2024 after making his incredible Australian debut with La Reprise: Histoire(s) du théâtre in 2019. In his latest piece, he creates a political Antigone for the 21st century, working together with Brazilian and European actors, musicians and indigenous activists.
[Milo Rau] has perfected the art of bringing real events onstage, by laying bare the process and inviting audience members to think along.
The New York Times
Antigone in the Amazon began in the Brazilian state of Pará, where the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed by the effects of industry and agriculture. Milo Rau and actors from NTGent travelled to the state to collaborate with Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the world’s largest landless workers’ movement. Together, they created Antigone in the Amazon, a play about the devastations to the land and its people.
Milo Rau fuses elements of storytelling, music, film and the theatre-making process in moving and unexpected ways. Filmed in Brazil and mixed with live sequences on stage, the play weaves together political protest, collective heroism and the brutality of the state – the ancient themes of Antigone transposed to an Amazonian village today.
Antigone in the Amazon is a powerful work of theatre from one of the “most influential” (Die Zeit), “most awarded” (Le Soir), “most interesting” (De Standaard) and “most ambitious” (The Guardian) theatre artists of our time.
Not one video that doesn’t hit the mark. Not one word that does not enhance the images. Not one movement on stage that does not resonate with the images. The realisation sets in that theatre, when it moves so far out of its comfort zone, makes one experience and understand something that is so much bigger than itself.
Event additional information
CO-PRODUCTION The International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Festival d'Avignon, Romaeuropa Festival, Manchester International Festival, La Villette Parijs, Tandem - Scène nationale (Arras Douai), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Equinoxe Scène Nationale (Châteauroux), Wiener Festwochen
IN COLLABORATION WITH Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)
CAST Pablo Casella, Frederico Araujo, Joeri Happel & Janne Desmet
ON SCREEN Kay Sara, Gracinha Donato, Célia Maracajà, Choir of militants of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra (MST), and as Tiresias, Ailton Krenak
CONCEPT & DIRECTION Milo Rau
TEXT Milo Rau & ensemble
MUSIC Elia Rediger
DRAMATURGY Giacomo Bisordi
DRAMATURGICAL COLLABORATION Douglas Estevam & Martha Kiss Perrone
ASSISTANT DRAMATURGY Kaatje De Geest & Carmen Hornbostel
COLLABORATION TO CONCEPT, RESEARCH & DRAMATURGY Eva-Maria Bertschy
SET Anton Lukas
COSTUMES Gabriela Cherubini, An De Mol, Jo De Visscher, Anton Lukas
LIGHT Dennis Diels
VIDEO Moritz von Dungern
VIDEO MAKING OF Fernando Nogari
VIDEO EDITING Joris Vertenten
DIRECTION ASSISTANT Katelijne Laevens
INTERNSHIP DIRECTION ASSISTANT Chara Kasaraki & Lotte Mellaerts
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Klaas Lievens & Gabriela Gonçalves
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Jack Do Santos
TECHNICAL PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Oliver Houttekiet
STAGE MANAGER Marijn Vlaeminck
TECHNIQUE Max Grymonprez, Sander Michiels & Raf Willems
THANKS TO Carolina Bufolin
Images Kurt van der Elst & Christophe Raynaud de Lage