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Antigone Now

Festival Overview

This free four-day festival explores contemporary interpretations of the story of Antigone through visual and performing arts, humanities, family activities, and digital media.

Antigone is a well-known character from Greek myth. She is a teenage girl who sets out to do what she believes is morally right. She does not aspire to be a rebel or a hero, but through her actions she becomes a threat to the state. During her prosecution she discovers the power of her voice. When she speaks, the world is willing to listen. Her fight is personal, but its enduring significance is far-reaching and universal.

This is the narrative of Sophocles’ play from 2,500 years ago, but it also echoes the real-life story of contemporary Pakistani activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. The spirit of Antigone is a symbol for countless young women in the world today whose acts of heroism never reach our ears, partly because the threat they are facing is too great or they are silenced too soon. And yet they are bringing forth change, real and meaningful. Together they form an active, rising force, one that deserves to be acknowledged and honored. As Nicholas Kristof wrote in the New York Times, “sometimes the most effective weapon against terrorists isn’t a drone but a girl with a book.”

The 2016 Onassis Festival of Arts and Ideas, Antigone Now, will celebrate the work of these modern-day Antigones and explore the many ways in which an individual can take a stand to affect positive change in the world, by promoting open dialogue and unity.

There are only a few great stories in the world and they are repeated again and again.”

Carrie Mae Weems

Festival Schedule

October 13-16, 2016

7:00

pm, Thursday Thu.

Past Tense

7-9pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York

Acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems has created a new performance-based work, Past Tense, for the opening night of Antigone Now.
  • Performance
  • Contemporary Art

1:00

pm, Friday Fri.

The Antigone Now Project

1-5pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Local schools will come together to watch a performance of the play, Antigone, by Epic Theatre Ensemble.
  • Play

7:00

pm, Friday Fri.

Be Drummers!

7:30-9pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

Greek-born composer and vocalist Magda Giannikou performs with her band in this high-powered concert.
  • Performance
  • Music

8:00

am, Saturday Sat.

We Are Not Princesses

8-9am , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Documentary film about Syrian women in Lebanese refugee camps staging performances of Sophocles' "Antigone," directed by Bridgette Auger.
  • Film
  • Discussion

1:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

I Stand For Stage

1-6pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

​In tandem with the #iSTANDfor, the I Stand For Stage is a forum for lively discussions on pressing social concerns of the day.​
  • Performance

I Stand for Gender Equality

1-1:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

While women in America are fighting for equal pay, women in countries all around the world are still fighting for such basic human rights.
  • Discussion

2:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

Antigone – Lonely Planet

2-3pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Award-winning playwright and actor Lena Kitsopoulou stars in and directs a new play inspired by the story of Antigone.
  • Performance
  • Play

Antigone Model - Coda; 2016

2-2:30pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Each minute of the seven-minute variation represents one figure of the tragedy; each demanding simultaneous visual and audible presence.
  • Performance
  • Music

I Stand For The Environment

2-2:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

With Céline Cousteau, Erin Schrode, and Christopher Swain, in conversation with David Schwab Abel
  • Discussion

3:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

I Stand for Education

3-3:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

With Jacob Lief and Ian Rowe in conversation with Anya Kamenetz
  • Discussion

4:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

Nomos the Land Song

4-4:40pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Giannisi examines the animalistic dimension of tragedy, as well as issues of gender, land, and dispossession.
  • Performance

I Stand For Women In War And Peace

4-4:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

With Kim Barker, Gini Reticker, and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya in conversation with Lee Woodruff.
  • Discussion

5:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

I Stand For An End To Violence

5-5:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

With Sarah Clements and Jessica Mindich, in conversation with Wesley Lowery
  • Discussion

8:00

pm, Saturday Sat.

Screening: Antigone in Ferguson

8-10pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

With Reg E. Cathey, Gloria Reuben, Glenn Davis, and Samira Wiley
  • Film
  • Discussion

11:00

am, Sunday Sun.

Superhero Dress-Up Station

11-3pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

Our Family Day program is designed for children ages 5–12 and their families, but the whole family is welcome.
  • Family Program
  • Crafts

Superheroes on the Go

11-3pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

​Collect materials for your own crafty creation, or grab our activity book to take home—because we know heroes can be busy!​
  • Family Program
  • Crafts

My Hero Stands for…

11-3pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

​Contribute to our public art installation by telling us what your ideal heroes would stand for.
  • Family Program

Superhero Challenges

11-3pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Our in-house heroes will test your abilities. Complete three tasks and win a prize!
  • Family Program

Interactive Storytelling

11-11:25am , Olympic Tower Atrium

Actor-educator Elizabeth Simmons leads an interactive performance that tells the story of Penelope from the Odyssey.
  • Family Program

Mina's Dream - 1st Showing

11:30-12:15am , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance and shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning Iranian artist.
  • Discussion
  • Play

12:00

pm, Sunday Sun.

Movement

12-12:25pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

​Dancer and choreographer Meredith Akins leads a movement program in which children can physicalize Greek heroes and heroines.
  • Family Program

Mina's Dream - 2nd Showing

12:30-1:15pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance and shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning Iranian artist.
  • Discussion
  • Play

1:00

pm, Sunday Sun.

The Hero’s Song

1-1:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

Join Magda Giannikou, Andres Rotmistrovsky, and Panayotis League for an interactive musical performance!
  • Family Program
  • Music

Mina's Dream - 3rd Showing

1:30-2:15pm , Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery

Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance and shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning Iranian artist.
  • Discussion
  • Play

2:00

pm, Sunday Sun.

Stand Up and Dance!

2-2:45pm , Olympic Tower Atrium

Prepare to move in this high-energy, interactive, nonstop dance explosion enjoyable for the entire family.​​
  • Family Program
  • Dance

Off Site Events

Wed - Oct

05

Modern-Day Antigones

New York Public Library

Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting for what they believe. Mona Eltahawy and Yasmine El Rashidi.
  • Discussion

Sun - Sep

18

Phaedra Interpreted

BAM

With Charles Mee and Caridad Svich. Moderated by Kaneza Schaal. A program of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
  • Discussion

Thu - Sep

22

On Death

BAM

Philosopher Simon Critchley talks about death over drinks with audience members. ​Co-presented by BAM, in conjunction with The Undertaking.
  • Discussion

Sat - Sep

17

Talk: Isabelle Huppert

BAM

Isabelle Huppert speaks with philosopher Simon Critchley about the controversial heroine, Phaedra. Co-presented by BAM.
  • Discussion

Sat - Sep

17

Antigone in Ferguson

Wellspring Church, Ferguson, Missouri

An innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone for large, diverse audiences
  • Performance