CLASSICAL GREEK TRAGEDY “ANTIGONE” COMES TO TANZANIA
The renowned Greek classic play, Antigone, will soon hit Dar es Salaam stages in an exciting and innovative production. The collaboration will involve actors from both countries and will have the added creative production flavor from both a Swedish producer and a Tanzanian producer.
Antigone’s content is as relevant today as it was in the time of its author Sophocles, over two thousand years ago. The play touches on issues of hierarchy and power, defiance, fear, conviction, loyalty, superstition and regret. It forces the audience to examine the consequences of acts committed in the name of ego or various beliefs. Essentially the play centers on the fate of a young woman Antigone, who is condemned to death by king Creon over her convictions and values. This strong woman is ready to face death in order to honor her slain brother. The King must choose between saving her and risking rebellion if he goes back on his word to have her killed as he had decreed. What audiences in Sweden and Tanzania can look forward to is a Swedish/Tanzanian interpretation from the two producers of an age-old tragedy that needs to be fresh and relevant.
The production is a joint venture between Tanzania’s longstanding theatre company, Parapanda Theatre Lab and Gothenburg City Theater. This partnership goes back to 2004 and since then there have been a number of workshops and exchanges and the two theatrical institutes. The team have now reached a point where they are embarking on a cutting edge production which marries interpretations from both Swedish and Tanzanian. The seeds of what is expected to be a vibrant production were planted in 2009 with meetings and further discussions held in May this year.
The Parapanda cast and director are scheduled to have their first rehearsal in Gothenburg on the 2nd of August for about one month.
The play will be staged both in Tanzania and Sweden, with a total of 32 performances, four of which will be in Tanzania. The first performance in Dar es Salaam is slated for 21 Sept at Waterfront NSSF, followed by one on 22 Sept at the Russian Culture Centre. A special student production will be staged at Loyola High School on 23 Sept and the final performance will be at the Bagamoyo Art Festival on 25 Sept.
Save the dates in your diaries for a real treat and a must see! Info on ticket sales and updates will be posted on www.trinitypromotionstz.blogspot.com. Visit www.parapandatheatre.blogspot.com for more info on Parapanda Theatre, and www.stadsteatern.goteborg.se/english/ for info on the Gothenburg City Theatre.