Under the Radar 2018
First Show Announced:
ANTIGONÓN, UN CONTIGENTE ÉPICO
Written by Rogelio Orizondo
Directed by Carlos Díaz Alfonso
A production of Teatro El Público (Havana, Cuba)
In the 19th century, Cuban poet José Martí expressed a deep yearning for his people’s freedom, leading the slaves in their struggle for independence from Spain. Like Antigone opposing an inhuman law in classical antiquity, they rose up against colonial rule without a real chance of succeeding. Since then, the struggle for the right to humanity and independence has been a central tenet for every subsequent generation of Cubans. José Martí’s gripping poetry radiates the enthusiasm and the gallows humor of those who have nothing to lose but their chains. In ANTIGONÓN, Rogelio Orizondo transposes Martí’s famous verses into a modern setting. In brief scenes performers and dancers create a kaleidoscope of absurd encounters. José Martí’s noble idea of freedom clashes with tough reality, but also with the manifold voices of a people able to counter this reality with wit, and grace, dignity, and the will to survive.
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Teatro El Público
Carlos Díaz Alfonso