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Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico
March 15, 2017 • 8:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:30 pm, repeating until March 17, 2017
“A kaleidoscope of Cuban society…just when the country is turning everything upside down.” – European Cultural News
“Simply spectacular…The magic touch of one of our best directors today gives body and new resonance to Antigone” – Cuba Si
Havana’s leading provocateur in the underground counterculture of fashion, spectacle, cabaret, theater and drag confronts the tyrannical themes of Antigone with sharp humor and shocking currency in this internationally acclaimed production direct from Cuba. Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics crafted by audacious director Carlos Díaz and inventive young playwright Rogelio Orizondo. Old and new figures from Cuba’s tumultuous history populate this brave work in which icons are reborn and others are abandoned — in particular, the myth of renowned poet José Martí, considered the founder of Cuban revolutionary thought. Five highly physical performers don exotically absurd costumes at a rapid-fire pace as they guide us poetically and fitfully through a series of flashbacks, all set against a backdrop of archival news footage that connects the past with the present in unnerving and profound ways.
Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Includes nudity and newsreel depictions of violence.