The power of protest and the female body take centre stage in Scottish Dance Theatre’s Antigone, Interrupted, which sees Artistic Director Joan Clevillé reunited with acclaimed performer Solène Weinachter.

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Joan Clevillé’s newest work Antigone, Interrupted received its world premiere at Perth Theatre on 14 February 2020, ahead of touring the UK. An intimate solo work created in collaboration with Solène Weinachter (National Dance Awards 2018 nominee for Romeo and Juliet, Lost Dog) the show is performed in the round, re-imagining the Greek tragedy of Antigone for contemporary audiences. Using their distinctive mixture of dance, theatre and storytelling Clevillé and Weinachter’s unique language pushes the boundaries of dance in a reinterpretation of Sophocles’ original tragedy with newly written text.

Exploring the strength and vulnerability of the body as a tool for resistance and civil disobedience, Antigone, Interrupted follows the story of a young woman who disobeys the law and puts her body on the line to defend what she thinks is right. The result examines the value of dissent in contemporary democracy and how the body (and in particular the female body) can be the target of oppression but also a powerful tool for challenging social injustice.

We live in a time of fierce political debate and living in a socially engaged society I wanted to examine the notion of dissent in democracy, and how the female body can be the target of oppression but also a powerful tool for resistance. Working with Solène I wanted to re-imagine the classic story of Antigone for a contemporary world through the body and the voice of a single performer.

Joan Clevillé
Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre

I am absolutely delighted to welcome Scottish Dance Theatre and indeed Solene to Shetland to perform Antigone, Interrupted. The piece is travelling across the UK, and we feel really lucky to be getting them here. Solene is making a curtain raiser for the performance with Shetland Youth Dance Company. This will be development for them, to work with such an exciting and established practitioner, and I just can’t wait to see the work they create!

Kathryn Spence
Creative Projects Manager, Shetland Arts

Antigone, Interrupted is commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative and is presented by Scottish Dance Theatre in association with Perth Theatre. Research & Development has been supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme.

Antigone, Interrupted takes place on Thu 27 of February at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked in person at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online here.

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