sábado, 29 de agosto de 2015



Antigone owns the power to disobey the law. She is a woman of great strength and will. Family is more important than the State, so that she decides to give his brother, Polynices, a honourable burial. 

Creon, the new ruler of Thebes after Oedipus, will not let it happen and after being reported about Antigone's behaviour the punishment is irreversible.


When you watch the play, as I did at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, something bitter goes over your body. You cannot explain if you liked it or not, if you understood everything or not, the only thing you can say is: I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS PLAY!!! And you don't know why, maybe it has opened a door in your unconscious, something which is deep inside. It's a play of Jung's Archetypes, these which define human's nature, after the well-known psychiatrist. 

It makes you think, but what does it make you think about? About the power, the power in general, the will, the strength, the neccesssity of expression as humans, about love and about wrong decisions made by those who own the power. Life is more important than any other things and we are alive, and so is Antigone until she's punished.

At the beginning you see Juliette Binoche as Antigone in a completely pain after his brother's death. She is determined to bury him and nothing will change her desire. No sun shining yet. Antigone is giving his brother a honourable burial.

A bright sun lightens the stage, sending energy not only to the characters but also to the audience. And then all the other characters as if they were a sort of chorus, but without intention of being such a thing, make their appearance and talk, discuss about Antigone's behaviour against the law. Creon is determined to punish her, though his son Haemon, engaged to Oedipus' daughter, is strongly against his father.

The decision is already taken, Antigone will be buried. The law wins the battle against family love. Juliette Binoche as Antigone lie as a dead body where his brother lied before. 

Life is not what it seems, those who break the law must die. But the Gods also punish these ones who took wrong decisions as Creon did. Nobody goes away from their fate. Creon didn't listen to the elders so that he will end up his days in pain and sorrow. 

Don't expect a classic performance as the story is told in a contemporary way. The setting is an office as if life was a business in Creon Kingdom. The only way to appeal for life is the bright sun which connects us with the main essence of being alive: the sun which gives us power to carry on. But when this sun hides then the misfortune arrives and there is nothing to do against the Gods. 

If you would like to watch the full play at the Barbican, there is only one way you can do it, by clicking on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sj2j6 . WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? If you aren't an UK resident or you are not living in the UK, the system will not let you in. 

So far the play has already ended, but I hope they will be doing it again and you can watch it!!!


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