Sophokles, Roland Schimmelpfennig

5. Teil des Antiken-Zyklus "Anthropolis"
UA: 10.11.2023 · Schauspielhaus Hamburg · Directed by: Karin Beier
Antigone, this indomitable rebel against the male rage for order, marks the end of the ruling dynasty of the Labdakids. Here the circle closes, and it is no coincidence that the most famous lines about the Anthropos come from this tragedy by Sophocles: "Many things are mighty, but nothing is mightier than man."
Roland Schimmelpfennig translates Antigone into a contemporary poetic language that makes female resistance to the powerful state of Thebes and its politics seem extremely contemporary.
Antigone's uncle Creon, the eternal second man in the state, has finally come to power after many years of being a proxy. The war of aggression against Thebes has just been averted when Creon is already in danger of failing in his first official act: he has to pass judgement on his niece Antigone, who values her ethical imperative above the law of the state. But Creon is convinced that morality is a poor political counsellor. He sentences Antigone to a punishment that could not be more barbaric: She is to be walled up alive. Humanity is sacrificed in favour of law-abidance. Once again, the city's system collapses in an act of violence that breaks through the surface of its beautiful appearance.
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