IU Theatre presents an inspired take on a modern classic: Jean Anouilh’s Antigone

November 6, 2015

Bloomington, Ind – This December IU Theatre will premiere a unique collaboration between Contemporary Dance faculty. Led by MFA director, Katie Horwitz, Antigone will feature extensive movement and dance, choreographed by Adam McLean and Elizabeth Shea.

“Growing up, I did dance and theater side by side,” explains Horwitz. “For me, they’ve never been separate forms. I’m always looking for how they can inform each other in my work. It’s going to be an essential part of putting flesh and bone on this amazing text.”

Originally produced in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Sophocles’s classic play centers on tensions between the state and individual. In Greek myth, the King of Thebes orders the body of Antigone’s brother to go unburied for crimes against the city. This loathsome dishonor forces Antigone to make the agonizing choice between country and kinship.

Horwitz was inspired to take on Antigone after watching Marrianne Elliot’s National Theatre production of Saint Joan, which drew on inventive visual theatricality to reinvent George Bernard Shaw’s classic.

“That production was a turning point for me as an artist,” says Horwitz. “I suddenly understood a director’s capacity for exploration.”

MFA scenic designer Kevin Nelson’s set creates an other worldly post-war landscape, girded by rusting steel and decaying Greek columns. But, at the same time, the capable king’s new city is on the rise.

Antigone will feature a cast of 12 IU students, including second year MFA Ashley Dillard in the title role, as well as first year MFA’s Justino Brokaw and Nicholas Jenkins making their IU Theatre debuts.

WHAT: Antigone, presented by IU Theatre

WHEN: December 4, 5, 8 – 12 at 7:30 pm, with a 2pm matinee on Dec 12.

WHERE: Wells-Metz Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. For group discounts contact Stacy Brown (staabrow@indiana.edu).

For more event details and interview requests, contact Amy Osajima (aosajima@indiana.edu).