"I say no because I don't have enough reasons to say yes"
UNE ANTIGONE DE PAPIER
an attempt to unravel the myth
It is near the end of a fratricidal cruel war in the city of Thebes. At the head of each army, the rival brothers have been fighting for power to no avail. Both of them die and the city remains without a leader. To reestablish order, Creo the new king of Thebes decrees an arbitrary law: only one fighter shall gain title as hero while the other shall be considered a traitor whose remains will be cast off on the battlefield at the edge of town. The wrath rumbles on but the people of Thebes remain silent. Only Antigone dares to object.
Bringing Antigone to life today offers a voice of contestation. Antigone is stubborn, quasi-dumb and obtuse. She protests. Not easy to manipulate such a character.... Antigone denies all that is arbitrary. Without negotiation or compromise she disobeys the law if it is unjust. What begun as an abuse of power gives rise to the seed of authoritarianism?
So, today Antigone tells the story of this type of rebellious woman.
In our story, a wall symbolizes the arbitrary law decreed by Creo. A great wall that reminds us of the fortification of Thebes where lay behind it Polynice’s remains without burial. Prohibited, this impenetrable border separates Good and Evil, peaceful and hostile nations, civilized citizens and barbarians... It also represents a psychological barrier, the kind that shape minds to lack understanding of the world and instill fear in one another.
Neglecting to comprehend the genesis of this historic problem, Antigone is a reminder of our untamed nature charging forth readily sending the puppeteer into the decor.
In the heart of the stage: Camille TROUVE, Jessy CAILLAT, Martina RODRIGUEZ and Sandrine LEFEBVRE alternates with Veronica VOTTI
Under the pen and wings of Writer & Director: Brice BERTHOUD
Construction and mastering of puppets : Camille TROUVE
Music : Sandrine LEFEBVRE et Martina RODRIGUEZ
Design & production: Brice BERTHOUD et Dorothée RUGE
Lighting Design: Gerdi NEHLIG
Decors: Olivier BENOÎT, Salem BEN BELKACEM
Costumes : Séverine THIEBAULT
Tour manager: Philippe DESMULIE
Thanks for their precious help: Einat LANDAIS, Magali ROUSSEAU et Véronique IUNG.
all audiences from 10 years-old
premiered in 2007
Coproduction Théâtre 71 Scène Nationale de Malakoff, Le TJP – Centre dramatique national Strasbourg-Grand Est, le Sablier Ifs - Pôle des Arts de la marionnette en Normandie, Centre Marcel Pagnol de Bures-sur-Yvette, Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonnes, Théâtre du Chaudron Cartoucherie de Vincennes. Ce spectacle a reçu l'aide à la création de la DRAC Ile-de-France.