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From left, Mayuko Agari, Regina Maria Gutierrez Bermudez and Olivia Coca rehearse in isolation for the UC Davis production of “AntigoneNOW.” UC Davis/Courtesy photo

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‘AntigoneNOW’ takes theater online at UC Davis

The UC Davis department of theater and dance will present a radical new hybrid performance film of Sophocles’ classic tragedy titled “AntigoneNOW.” Free to the public, the production will be live online for a 24-hour period on Saturday, May 23, beginning at midnight.

“Antigone NOW” features a culturally diverse ensemble of female-identifying actors, each in seclusion due to COVID-19, who will evoke the breadth of Antigone’s defiance against devastating loss: the inability to touch or bury the dead body of her brother. Made collectively in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Japan using mobile phones, iPads and video, this cast and creative team create a unique new work that confronts the isolation of the moment.

The production is based on the translation of “Antigone” by Seamus Heaney with permission by Faber & Faber.

365体育投注Antigone learns that her brothers have killed each other after being forced onto opposing sides of a battle. When Creon, the king, grants burial of one but not the “treacherous” other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. The tragedy remains a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm an individual’s human rights and those who must protect the state’s security.

365体育投注“When it was clear that COVID-19 would impact our campus, I was moved to consider how we could allow this moment in history to positively impact our learning community and our intended production of ‘Antigone,’ ” said Margaret Laurena Kemp, co-director and associate professor of theater and dance.

“As an artist and instructor, my call to action is to model collaboration, research, creativity and community engagement through performance and theater-making practices. For me, this is the value of theater and dance at a tier-one research institution. Our hybrid approach to ‘Antigone’ answers the call.”

365体育投注Incorporating polyphonic vocalization, movement and choral motifs, the production is co-directed by award-winning Irish director and UCD Granada artist-in-residence Sinéad Rushe. She is a theater director, performer and teacher of acting, specializing in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Vsevolod Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

365体育投注The creative team includes spoken word composer Dahlak Brathwaite (bachelor’s in theater and dance, ’08), movement consultant and choreographer Roger Ellis; sound designer Jennifer Grace, UCD graduate student in theater and dance; additional sound design by Owen Marshall, UCD postdoctoral scholar and lecturer in science and technology studies; and digital media advisor Lishan Az, UCD assistant professor of cinema and digital media.

For details about accessing the performance online, visit .

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