The <i>Antigone</i> of Aris Alexandrou on the Urban Stage in Thessaloniki

Gonda Van Steen

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

The Antigone of Aris Alexandrou on the Urban Stage in Thessaloniki

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In 2003, Victor Arditti staged a never performed 1951 adaptation of Antigone by Aris Alexandrou in Thessaloniki, Greece, to test the limits of political introspection by the Greek Left over its behaviour during the Nazi Occupation of Greece and the Civil War that followed, when fratricide was prevalent. In each act Antigone asserts her independence from the ideology of her fellow Leftists by insisting on burying the body of a partisan sacrificed to internal disputes among the Left. In the first Act, she buries a wounded German deserter who had become her lover. In Act 2, a Leftist commander sacrifices a fellow partisan to the Right, and Antigone courageously buries his body. This chapter argues that, in this production, Antigone repeatedly rejects the ideological violence inflicted on others by her group.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; reception; political resistance; Greek Civil War; Nazi Occupation; classics; Aris Alexandrou

Chapter.  6228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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