What do you do when the state becomes the oppressor?
Would you put your body on the line?
What’s the value of dissent in our democracies?
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Using their distinctive mixture of dance, theatre and storytelling, choreographer Joan Clevillé and acclaimed performer Solène Weinachter present Antigone, Interrupted, an intimate solo work, performed in the round, re-imagining the Greek tragedy of Antigone for contemporary audiences.
Exploring the strength and vulnerability of the body as a tool for resistance and civil disobedience, the piece follows the story of a young woman who disobeys the law and puts her body on the line to defend what she thinks is right. The work examines the value of dissent in contemporary democracy and how the body (and in particular the female body) can be the target of oppression but also a powerful tool for challenging social injustice.
The work will reinterpret the ‘multi-disciplinary’ character of ancient Greek theatre, which combined song, dance, ritual and performance, and interweave Sophocles’ original tragedy with newly written text and dance. By placing the audience around the dancer, Clevillé emphasises the body’s vulnerability and interdependence with others, as well as exploring alternative ways to engage with and watch dance.
After more than eight years of close collaboration, Clevillé and Weinachter (National Dance Awards 2018 nominee) have developed a unique language that connects with audiences well beyond the dance circuit. Commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, Antigone, Interrupted will be adapted to Mareel and bring together the creative team behind the critically acclaimed Plan B for Utopia and The North, including award-winning playwright Ella Hickson, composer Luke Sutherland and Designers Matthias Strahm and Emma Jones.