The performance “Antigone”
by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Bernhard M. Eusterschulte, a co-production of
the German State Theatre (GSTT) with the National Theatre in Luxembourg,
Heidelberg Theatre, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and TART Production Stuttgart
will be presented
at the National Theatre in Luxembourg on the 12th, 13th , 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of January 2018;
and at the Heidelberg State Theatre on the 31st of January, 2nd and 3rd of February 2018.
The performance “Antigone” premiered at the GSTT in April 2017. Direction, set design and costume design are by Bernhard M. Eusterschulte. Live sound design is by Roderik Vanderstraeten, and Jürgen Popig as playwright. The cast features GSTT actresses Oana Vidoni, Olga Török and Dana Borteanu, joined on stage by actors from Germany and Luxemburg, Nickel Bösenberg, Pascale Noe Adam, Steffen Gangloff and Germain Wagner.
Sophocles’ “Antigone” is one of the best known themes of ancient theatre; it was taken and molded by Bertolt Brecht in 1948, in Switzerland, short after his return from the United States, after the translation by Friedrich Hölderlin. In Brecht’s adaptation, man is no longer subject to a higher power, an implacable destiny. On the contrary, the perspectives of determining ones own fate is available. For man, guided by interests, is the one able to determine history.
On the occasion of this co-production, the director of the Theatre in Heidelberg, Holger Schultze, had this to say: “An international co-production such as this is especially important and precious in a time where European values are doubted from different parts. This is why I am glad to stage Sophocles’ Antigone by Bertolt Brecht, a true plea for civic courage and against resigning in the face of faith. In this performance, we have actors from Germany, Luxemburg and Romania, that will meet with very different audiences in their respective countries. To me, this is a clear sign against resentment and populism.”
The performance was presented during the Ruhrfestspiele Festival in Recklinghausen (Germany) in June 2017.
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