Miami’s Fundarte planned to bring a searing production of Sophocles' Antigone — or more precisely Antigonon, un
The production hails from Havana, Cuba, and though the visas weren't acquired in time before, they're here now, and the internationally celebrated El Público company will perform this weekend in Miami.
The story line may be a classic, but El Público's founder and longtime director, Carlos Diaz, has built his reputation on reimagining things traditional. Indeed, his company is nicknamed “the most irreverent on the island.” This production is a genre-bending collaboration with a number of Cuban artists, beginning with dramatist Rogelio
As one might expect with work out of Havana,
Let’s take a step back: Antigone is the story of two brothers fighting over a kingdom. The battle is terrible, and when it's over, the winning brother is cruel in his victory. He forbids his sibling the minimal respect due to him; there will be no burial. His body is left to rot until the brothers’ sister steps in. Soon, more hell breaks loose as even the gods urge moderation while the winning brother essentially insists, “It's my way or the highway.” Long story short: Everybody loses, including the kingdom itself.
Sound familiar? El Publico’s production includes guest appearances by José Martí and archival footage from the Stalin years in the former Soviet Union.
After a premiere at the International Theater Festival in Havana, the company presented the work more than a hundred times in theaters in the Vedado section of Havana. Each performance was sold out.
And this was tolerated by the state? “In Cuba,
This is not the first time Fundarte has brought El Público to South Florida. Most recently, last November in a collaboration with the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Fundarte presented Yellow Dream Road, another Carlos
Miami audiences may also remember the company’s reworking of another classic, Caligula, as well as its rendition of the Fassbinder film The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant. The company also gave its particular twist to the Nilo Cruz Pulitzer winner, Anna in the Tropics.
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If El Público's work is all about rethinking borders, so is Fundarte’s Chavez. It's no small
“A great deal of talent can finally come together,” he says.
– Elizabeth Hanly, artburstmiami.com
Antigonon, un Contingente Epico
8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flager St. Performances are in Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets cost $30. Visit fundarte.us or call 305-316-6165.