Seasonal Event

Spring Quarter Production

AntigoneNOW Link to Performance, the performance will be available beginning on May 23, 12:01am (Pacific Daylight Times) for 24-hours. Runs 20 minutes. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present a radical new production of Sophocles’ AntigoneNOW this spring online (details to come). Free to the public, the production can be viewed online for a 24-hour period on May 23 beginning at 12 a.m. (PDT).

For the performance, the directors ask that the viewer use headphones to enjoy the immersive sound experience of AntigoneNOW. Estimated running time for the performance is 20 minutes.

There will be an online screening and discussion of the performance on May 23 at 11 a.m. For details, visit this link.  

Antigone learns that her brothers have killed each other after being forced onto opposing sides of a battle. When Creon, the king, grants burial of one but not the “treacherous” other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. The tragedy remains a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm an individual’s human rights and those who must protect the state’s security.

“When it was clear that COVID 19 would impact our campus, I was moved to consider how we could allow this moment in history to positively impact our learning community and our intended production of Antigone,” said Margaret Laurena Kemp, co-director and associate professor of theatre and dance. “As an artist and instructor, my call to action is to model collaboration, research, creativity and community engagement through performance and theatre making practices. For me this is the soul of the value of theatre and dance at an R1 Institution. Our hybrid approach to Antigone, which is now called Antigone NOW answers the call.”

A radical new performance film of Sophocles’ Antigone, devised from the translation by Seamus Heaney.

A world in strife, a nation in fear, a woman stranded, in grief. Award-winning Irish director and UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Sinéad Rushe will co-direct with Margaret Laurena Kemp, associate professor of theatre and dance, a ground-breaking contemporary response to the classical play, Antigone.

“Made collectively in the USA, UK, Japan and Singapore using mobile phones, Ipads and video, this all-female cast and creative team will create a stunning new film that confronts the isolation of our moment,” said Rushe. ”A culturally diverse ensemble of female identifying actors, each in seclusion, will evoke the breadth of Antigone’s defiance against devastating loss.”

The creative team includes music composer and sound designer Lex Kosanke, additional sound designer Jennifer Grace (graduate student in theatre and dance), spoken word composer Dahlak Brathwaite (B.A. theatre and dance ‘08), movement consultant/choreographer Roger Ellis and Assistant Professor Lishan Az, digital media advisor.  

This production is part of Kemp and Rushe’s ongoing creative exploration of character through polyphonic vocalization and collective composition. Additionally, Kemp is exploring authorship, spatial politics and witnessing. They posit that character, like a place or a country or a nation state, is not a point of departure but a construct or result, the assumption of an ever-contested role.

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