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Democracy at War: <i>Antigone: Insurgency</i> in Toronto

Dongshin Chang

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0015

Series: Classical Presences

Democracy at War: Antigone: Insurgency in Toronto

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This chapter examines Antigone: Insurgency (2007) — a response to state measures taken in the name of national security in the USA and Canada after 9/11 — staged with a cast of three. The script treated Sophocles' text as a score into which modern material was interpolated. For example, Creon's first speech drew on both that of George Bush at ground zero on 14 September, and another by Canada's former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Antigone's list of fellow resisters included names that many would have characterized as terrorists. Yet the play ended with a vision of reconciliation: Creon holding the dead Antigone, posed like the pieta. The deconstruction of the text in Antigone: Insurgency mirrors the seeming destruction and chaos of post-9/11 society.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; classics; theatre; Antigone; Sophocles; Canadian theatre; post-9/11 theatre; remaking; remix; Antigone: Insurgency

Chapter.  7619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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