Declaring and Rethinking Solidarity: <i>Antigone</i> in Cracow

Marc Robinson

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Declaring and Rethinking Solidarity: Antigone in Cracow

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During Poland's famous period of martial law, Andrzej Wajda directed in 1984 what has come to be called the ‘Solidarity’ Antigone in order to make visible the tensions between power and powerlessness in the Polish social system at the time. The play's chorus shifted identities, positions, and allegiances four times to represent both power and resistance. Wajda did not restrict himself to Poland: the production referred to character types in the world at large through eclectic costuming (Antigone in a black chador, Creon dressed as a mafia don), placing his analysis of the Polish social system in a larger, global context. It is argued that for Polish society in this period, the inseparability of family and state has profound implications for a production of Antigone.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; reception; Polish theatre; Andrzej Wajda; theatre; classics; Sophocles

Chapter.  7426 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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