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An adaptation of Sophocles’ classic play Antigone will premiere in Belgrade December 30 at the Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozoriste (JDP).
Antigone is the fourth play this year produced by the National Theatre in Belgrade. It is the latest in a series of plays written by masters of world literature, after Calderon, Molière and Shakespeare coming from this theatre.
The play offers a chance for director Jagos Markovic, mostly known for his comedies, to show the audience he can direct a tragedy.
Markovic said that his adaptation of Antigone focuses on the painful repression present in many societies today.
“This play celebrates life and opposes fascism, which is accustomed to categorising people, even victims, depending on their religion and nationality,” said Markovic.
The play’s brave heroine, Antigone, who stands up to the evil tyrant Creon, will be played by Vanja Ejdus.
Ejdus said that “Antigone today is anyone who is free to fulfil their inner needs, disregarding the rest of the world”.
Actor Dragan Micanovic, who plays Creon, said that the he never played in a Greek tragedy before. He added that the role of the self-centred king presented a challenge for him.
“This is a major satisfaction for me, as I will have a comeback to the origins of theatre art for the first time, and debut in a piece from classical antiquity. It is also a challenge because the nature of King Creont is possibly furthest from my mentality,” said Micanovic.
The actors stressed the play’s appeal is universal and deals with issues that are still topical today.
The conflict between Antigone and Creon is a clash between opposing beliefs. Antigone keeps to the principle that love is more important than your own life, while Creon puts his ego before everything.
The cast also includes Vjera Mujovic (Ismene), DJurdjija Cvetic (Chorus), Mihajlo Janketic (Tiresias), Bojan Krivokapic (Guard), Aleksandar Sreckovic (Herald), Sloboda Micalovic (Euridice), Momcilo Otasevic (Haemon). Antigone will be performed in verse in the Serbian translation made by the late scholar Milos DJuric.
The play will open at JDP and not at the National Theatre as first planned, because the main stage was destroyed in the fire that broke out there earlier this month.
The play will premiere in JDP on December 30 at 8pm.
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