KONSTANTINOS NTELLAS - ATHENS & EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL | July 20-21, 2018
Translation - Dramaturgy
Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos
Kinesiology & Director's Assistant
Assistant to the set designer
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 of July, 2018, 21:30
Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus
Konstantinos Ntellas and a multitudinous cast comprised of professional actors, exceptional music-school students, as well as elders and children from the local community of Epidaurus & Lygourio village of Argolida, stage one of the most popular and significant tragedies, "Antigone" by Sophocles.
Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone, is set in Thebes, shortly after the civil war that resulted in the mutual killing of the two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices. King Creon orders Eteocles’ honourable burial. At Creon’s behest, Polynices is to remain unburied, being an enemy of Thebes. The two men’s sister, Antigone, refuses to obey the order. After arguing with her sister, Ismene, who originally refuses to help her, Antigone decides to bury Polynices on her own. Subsequently, she is arrested and sentenced to death. Creon stubbornly insists on his decision and does not yield to the appeals of his son, the lovelorn Aemon. He finally relents and changes his mind after the clairvoyant Tiresias makes him see that this decision will seal his doom. Too late, though: Antigone has already committed suicide inside her tomb. Refusing to come to terms with her death, Aemon also takes his life, followed by his mother, Euridice, who hangs herself after learning of her son’s death. At the end of the play, Creon is left behind, a tragic figure, one of the most harrowing characters in the entire canon of ancient drama.
Eteocles fell in battle, defending his city. He is a hero.
Eteocles usurped the throne that was rightfully his brother’s.
Polynices died while fighting against his own homeland. He is a traitor.
Polynices claimed the throne that was rightfully his.
Who is right? Who is wrong?
Creon is responsible for the Polis. There is a blind spot in the Polis.
Creon faithfully does what is, by his own declaration, necessary for the restoration of peace and order.
Antigone is responsible for her family and the dead of the family.
Antigone violates the laws of the Polis, causing mayhem and disorder.
Who is right? Who is wrong?
Athens prohibits proper burial of the sacrilegious, the traitors, and the suicides.
From just lord and keeper of the law, Creon becomes an obsessive tyrant; his stance precipitates three suicides.
Antigone buries her brother, thus doing what is normally reserved for men.
Creon mourns his son’s dead body, thus doing what is normally reserved for women.
Which one of the two is the tragic character?
Efthimis Chalkidis, Thanasis Dovris, Konstantinos Ntellas, Fani Panagiotidou, Maria Parasyri, Despoina Dorina Remediaki
Students and graduates of Ptolemaida’s Music School: Christodoulos Anagnostopoulos, Stylianos Vlachodimos, Dimitris Mentesidis, Christos Zgouros.
Students of Ligourio High School, Epidaurus Municipality. Members of KAPI, Epidaurus Municipality.
The following students of the Athens School of Fine Arts helped in preparing and constructing the set: Konstantinos Valioutis, Marina Markouli, Lydia Maria Xyggi.
HOSTED & PRODUCED BY
The performance is realized with the support of Athens Culture Net (founding donor: Stavros Niarchos Foundation) and Athens Digital Lab of the City of Athens, with exclusive donation from Stavrios Niarchos Foundation through Athens Partnership, a collaboration of COSMOTE, NOKIA and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Rehearsals were held at the Serafio Sports, Culture and Innovation Centre of the City of Athens