Antigone

By Nicole Beutler & Ulrike Quade

The performance

Antigone, the collaborative work by choreographer Nicole Beutler and theatre-maker Ulrike Quade, is a visual adaptation of the Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 442BC. The co-directors couple the themes explored by the original with current issues, focusing on the question of how free our actions truly are. Polynices has been slain in combat. The law dictates that he may not be buried, on pain of death. His sisters Antigone and Ismene take very different standpoints on the matter. Ismene chooses to obey the law and stay alive, while Antigone ignores her family’s advice and follows her own ideals, paying for her courage with death. Almost 2500 years on, how should we interpret the choices they made? Antigone weighs up the two sisters’ ideas. It’s not easy to take sides with one or the other. What is good; what is evil? Their internal motives are revealed in a manipulative game played between performers and puppets. The puppets were made in Japan especially for this production by Watanabe Kazunori in the Bunraku theatre tradition.

credits

Idea, direction
Nicole Beutler, Ulrike Quade
Created and performed by
Hillary Blake Firestone, Cat Smits, Michele Rizzo
Second cast
Silke Hundertmark, Judith Hazeleger, Pere Faura
Puppets
Watanabe Kazunori
Costumes
Jessica Helbach
Dramaturgy
Georg Weinand
Research and assistance
Justa Ter Haar
Lighting design
Minna Tiikkainen
Sound design
Gary Shepherd
Technique
Martin Kaffarnik
Coproduction
NBprojects, Ulrike Quade Company
Made with support from
Grand Theater Groningen, Frascati Amsterdam
With thanks to
Felix Ritter

premiere 20 September 2012
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2012
Sep18
Antigone
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Try-Out
Sep19
Antigone
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Try-out
Sep20
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL) Première (NL)
Sep21
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Sep22
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Sep28
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Lux Lux, Nijmegen (NL)
Oct03
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Schouwburg De Meerse Schouwburg De Meerse, Hoofddorp (NL)
Oct04
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Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
Oct05
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Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Oct06
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Theater de Maaspoort Theater de Maaspoort, Venlo (NL)
Oct10
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Cool Cool, Heerhugowaard (NL)
Oct11
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Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
Oct12
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Theater Ins Blau Theater Ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Oct17
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De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
Oct18
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Theater De Nieuwe Kolk Theater De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen (NL)
Oct19
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CCD CCD, Diest (BE)
Oct20
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Theater Malpertuis Theater Malpertuis, Tielt (BE)
Oct24
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Schouwburg Arnhem Schouwburg Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
Oct25
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De NWE Vorst De NWE Vorst, Tilburg (NL)
Oct26
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De Lieve Vrouw De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
Oct27
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De Verbeelding De Verbeelding, Purmerend (NL)
Oct30
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Oct31
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Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
Nov01
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De Groene Engel De Groene Engel, Oss (NL)
Nov02
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Odeon De Spiegel Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle (NL)
Nov04
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Posthuis Theater Posthuis Theater, Heerenveen (NL)
Nov06
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Stadsgehoorzaal Stadsgehoorzaal, Kampen (NL)
Nov07
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SSB/Het Kruithuis SSB/Het Kruithuis, Groningen (NL)
Nov08
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Chasse Theater Chasse Theater, Breda (NL)
Nov09
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Theater De Vest Theater De Vest, Alkmaar (NL)
Nov13
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CC Hasselt CC Hasselt, Hasselt (BE)
Nov16
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Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film, Almere (NL)
Nov17
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Theater 't Speelhuis Theater 't Speelhuis, Helmond (NL)
Nov19
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Theater Bellevue Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov20
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Theater Bellevue Theater Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
Dec03
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Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
2013
May10
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Internationales Figurentheater-Festival Internationales Figurentheater-Festival, Erlangen (DE)
May11
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Internationales Figurentheater-Festival Internationales Figurentheater-Festival, Erlangen (DE)
May14
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Biennale Internationale des Arts des Marionettes Biennale Internationale des Arts des Marionettes, Paris (FR)
May15
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Biennale Internationale des Arts des Marionettes Biennale Internationale des Arts des Marionettes, Paris (FR)
May17
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Theatro Verdi Theatro Verdi, Milano (IT)
May18
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Theatro Verdi Theatro Verdi, Milano (IT)
May24
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Potsdamer Tanztage Potsdamer Tanztage, Potsdam (DE)
Aug02
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MIMA festival de marionnette MIMA festival de marionnette, Mirepoix – Ariège (FR)
Aug03
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MIMA festival de marionnette MIMA festival de marionnette, Mirepoix – Ariège (FR)
Sep25
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Théâtre des Marionettes Théâtre des Marionettes, Mézière (FR)
Sep26
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Théâtre des Marionettes Théâtre des Marionettes, Mézière (FR)
Dec03
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Theater De Omval Theater De Omval, Diemen (NL)
Dec11
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Gruitpoorttheater Gruitpoorttheater, Doetinchem (NL)
Dec12
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De Blauwe Kei De Blauwe Kei, Veghel (NL)
Dec13
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De Grote Post De Grote Post, Oostende (BE)
2014
Feb17
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Vinterlys Festival Vinterlys Festival, Rana (NO)
Mar20
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Centre Athena Centre Athena, Auray (FR)
Apr19
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Frouard Festival Frouard Festival, Geoconde (FR)
Apr22
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Festival les Moissons d’Avril Festival les Moissons d’Avril, Lyon (FR)
Apr23
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Theatre Bourg en Bresse Theatre Bourg en Bresse , Bourg en Bresse (FR)
Apr24
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Theatre Bourg en Bresse Theatre Bourg en Bresse , Bourg en Bresse (FR)
Apr29
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Theatre du fil de l’eau Theatre du fil de l’eau, Paris (FR)
Sep14
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Ljubljana Puppet Theater Ljubljana Puppet Theater, Ljubljana (SI) Festival Lutke
Sep18
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Mobarak 15th International Puppet Festival Mobarak 15th International Puppet Festival, Teheran (Iran)
2015
Feb03
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Espace Jean Vilar Espace Jean Vilar, Ifs-PLAINE (FR)
Feb04
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Espace Jean Vilar Espace Jean Vilar, Ifs-PLAINE (FR)
Mar31
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Espace 600 Espace 600, Grenoble (FR)
Apr02
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L'ARC Scene Nationale L'ARC Scene Nationale, Le Creusot (FR)
Oct07
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Festival Incanti Festival Incanti, Turijn (IT)
Oct09
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ANIMO Festival ANIMO Festival, Kwidzyn (PL)
Oct12
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Puppet is a human too Puppet is a human too , Warschau (PL)
2016
Sep15
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Theater Waidspeicher Theater Waidspeicher, Erfurt (DE)

reviews

The puppeteers/dancers control the three puppets with the utmost precision, giving them life with the tiniest of gestures. ****
(Liv Laveyne, De Standaard, 16/11/2012)

The perfection that both directors strive to achieve in their work is very much evident in Antigone in the ingenious puppetry and in the performances – the cast are faultless as they merge the Bunraku artform with their own roles. ****
(Marcelle Schots, Theaterkrant, 20/9/2012)

Using dance and a translation of Japanese bunraku puppetry, Ulrike Quade and Nicole Beutler examine Sophocles’ ‘rebel’ Antigone as a metaphor for modern existential questions.
(Sander Hiskemuller, Trouw, 18/9/2012)