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Presentation

  • Eteocles and Polynices, sons of Oedipus and Jocasta, fought and died by each other's sword. Thebes, which Eteocles defended against his brother's assaults, is ruled by Creon, Jocasta's brother. As soon as the brothers are dead, the tyrant enacts a law to differentiate between the “good” brother and the “bad” one: citizens are strictly forbidden to bury Polynices according to the customary rites. Sophocles, who paid more attention to his characters' psychology than any of the other Greek poets whose work survived Antiquity, tells the story of the Eteocles and Polynices's sister, Antigone, and of her determination to honour both her brothers, as is her duty. Betrothed to Creon's son Haimon, she challenges the injustice of men to obey the laws of the gods and follow her heart, which doesn't distinguish between her kin. She will bury her brother, even if she then has to die. Satoshi Miyagi, with his deep knowledge of tragedy, has decided to further explore the strict distinction the West operates between “the good” and “the bad.” In the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes, the symbol of an authority that is wont to create such distinctions, but also a place whose large wall challenges and tames egos, the director has chosen to work on water, fire, and shadows to celebrate the true nature of all the characters with their numerous layers, within a story one might call archaic.

     

    Satoshi Miyagi
    Satoshi Miyagi began his career as an actor and a director while studying at the University of Tokyo. In 1986, he began performing solo shows bringing together major literary works and a method inspired both by dance and clowning. He founded the company Ku Na'uka in 1990, with which he has directed ancient and classical European works as well as modern Japanese authors, basing his actors' work on Eastern gymnastics and on the idea that every role should be played by two actors. This led to his invitation to the most prestigious international institutions. In 1995, he was invited to direct Electra with Tadashi Suzuki at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi. The recipient of numerous awards, in 2006 he adapted and directed the Mahabharata, which he also directed in 2014 in the Boulbon quarry. Appointed director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center in 2007, he adapted the masterpieces Kyoka Izumi's Yashagaike, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Euripides's Medea, as well as the texts of Olivier Py, mixing Japanese traditions and eclectic influences. Every year, Satoshi Miyagi organises the World Theatre Festival Shizuoka, where he invites the most famous names in international theatre to create and present shows in a spirit of sharing and openness.

     

    Sophocle
    Of the one hundred and twenty-three plays written by Sophocles during the 5th century B.C., only Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Philoctetes, Ajax, Electra, and The Women of Trachis remain. At the Dionysia, the great drama competition of ancient Greece, Euripides's contemporary won the highest honours many times. During the twentieth century, Antigone, the third of his three Theban plays, inspired a composition by Camille Saint-Saëns and plays by Jean Cocteau and Jean Anouilh. Bertolt Brecht wrote his own version in 1948, based on Hölderlin's translation. More recently, Henry Bauchau's novels Antigone and Oedipus on the Road revisited the myth of this cursed family, trapped by the gods in a dire cycle.

  • Distribution

    Text Sophocles
    Translation Shigetake Yaginuma
    Direction Satoshi Miyagi
    Assistant director Masaki Nakano
    Music Hiroko Tanakawa
    Stage design Junpei Kiz
    Lights Koji Osako
    Sound Hisanao Kato, Koji Makishima
    Costumes Kayo Takahashi
    Costumes making Yumiko Komai, Mai Ooka, Reiko Kawai
    Hairstyle and makeup Kyoko Kajita
    Props Eri Fukasawa, Kaori Miwa, Hiroki Watanabe
    Technical direction Mahito Horiuchi 
    Stage management Atsushi Muramatsu, Takahiro Yamada, Toshiki Kamiya 
    Dresser Mai Ooka
    Interpreter Akihito Hirano
    French translation for the subtitles Corinne Atlan
    Surtitles operator Takako Oishi
    Dramaturgy Advisor Yoshiji Yokoyama
    Administration Takako Oishi, Haru Tanji


    With Asuka Fuse, Ayako Terauchi, Daisuke Wakana, Fuyuko Moriyama, Haruka Miyagishima, Kazunori Abe, Keita Mishima, Kenji Nagai, Kouichi Ohtaka, Maki Honda, Mariko Suzuki, Micari, Miyuki Yamamoto, Moemi Ishii, Momoyo Tateno, Morimasa Takeishi, Naomi Akamatsu, Ryo Yoshimi, Soichiro Yoshiue, Takahiko Watanabe, Tsuyoshi Kijima, Yoji Izumi, Yoneji Ouchi, Yu Sakurauchi, Yudai Makiyama, Yukio Kato, Yuumi Sakakibara, Yuya Daidomumon, Yuzu Sato

    Production

    Production Shizuoka Performing Arts Center
    Co-production Festival d'Avignon
    With the support of Japan Foundation and Spedidam for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon
    With the help of Kanagawa Arts Theatre

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On tour

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  • SURTITLES – ELECTRONIC GLASSES

    • Running time on July 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12
      The service is free but booking is required at the box office of the Festival (while stocks last)
     
  • For the shows Antigone, Sopro, SAIGON, and Ramona, and on certin dates, PANTHEA/Theatre in Paris, the Festival d’Avignon, and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication offer a service of individual and multilingual surtitles on electronic glasses, which allow you to read surtitles without taking your eyes off of the show (in French, English, and Arabic for Antigone). Compatible with prescription glasses.

 
 
  • ANTIGONE, A NECESSARY TRAGEDY

  • With Théâtre/Public

    • Site Louis Pasteur Supramuros de l’Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
    • Running time 1h30