2002-2003 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Antigone - Aris Alexandrou
Opening: Vassiliko Theatre, 04/04/2003

Antigone represents a missed opportunity for post-war modern Greek theatre. The mimesis of a tragedy by Aris Alexandrou, which constitutes a first dramatic manipulation of the issues that will subsequently lead to his soul-stirring novel, The Box, is a play virtually unknown both to the wider public and to professionals active in the world of literature and drama. The N.T.N.G. is particularly pleased and honoured to present this forgotten yet major piece of modern Greek dramaturgy for the first time, written in 1951 when Alexandrou was in exile at Ai-Stratis. At a time when Brecht was attempting to create his own 'Antigone' or Jean Anouilh's play by the same title was being presented in Athens by the Greek Art Theatre - Karolos Koun, Alexandrou gave Sophocles' heroine a dual identity, placing her in the first act on the mountains of Greece during the occupation and in the luckless years of the Civil War in the second. An ardent supporter of the view that 'the poet always takes the side of Antigone and never Creon', Alexandrou portrays on stage the question of heroic sacrifice during anti-heroic times, thus presenting us with a dismal image of humanity in crisis, when man is easily wasted away on struggles given in his name.

Playwright: Aris Alexandrou
Director: Victor Arditis
Composition: Dimitris Kamarotos
Choreography: Anastasia Theofanidou
Music Instruction: Nikos Voudouris
Sound design: Yannis Peiralis
Dramaturgy Consultant: Miltos Pehlivanos
Assistant Director: Simos Kakalas
36 performances - 5.162 spectators
Vassiliko Theatre (04/04/2003 - 19/05/2003)
National Theatre of Greece - “Kotopouli” Stage, Athens (16/05/2003 - 24/05/2003)