From the fate that destiny assigns to mortals, there is no one able to scape.
Creonte and Antígona. Uncle and niece. A young girl in front of the highest representation of the state. A moment of unbalance in which the human being “must grapple tight to him or herself, stick to their identity in the strongest way.” Neither Antígona nor Creonte can give up without faking their essential being. Both are right…Both believe to be right. Both of them obfuscated in their respective speeches. Deaf in the extremes…The rest, overwhelmed to check out “how horribly easy is for the human being to be reduced to less, or transported to more than they are; since both movements are equally fatal for their identity and progress”. Miguel del Arco
- Manuela Paso
- Ángela Cremonte
- Carmen Machi
- Santi Marín
- Silvia Álvarez
- José Luís Martínez
- Raúl Prieto
- Cristóbal Suárez
- Text: Sófocles
- Version and Direction: Miguel del Arco
- Music: Arnau Vilà
- Design of Scenography: Eduardo Moreno, Alejandro Andújar, Beatriz San Juan
- Assistant fo Scenography: Elisa Cano
- Lights Design: Juanjo Llorens
- Sound Design: Sandra Vicente y Enrique Mingo
- Wardrobe Design: Beatriz San Juan
- Wardrobe assistant: Almudena Bautista
- Video: Eduardo Moreno
- Choreography: Antonio Ruz
- Technicians: Javier Almela (sound), Francisco Manuel Ruiz (lights) y Juanma Pérez (machinery)
- Direction Assistant: Israel Elejalde
- Direction assistant: Cynthia Miranda
- Production: Aitor Tejada y Jordi Buxó
- Executive Production: Elisa Férnandez
- Production assistant: Léa Béguin
- Technical coordination: Eduardo Moreno y Pau Fullana
- Scenography making: Scenik, Cledin, Sfumato y Mekitron
- Promotion/Communication/Photography: El Norte SL
Acknowledgements Nuria Espert, José Luis Gómez, Mario Gas, Andrés Pociña, Carlos García Gual, Alberto Conejero, Juan Pablo de Juan Martín, Greg Hicks, José Sanchis Sinisterra, Juan Mayorga, Juan Cavestany, Bernardo Souvirón, Fermín Cabal, Ana Fernández Valbuena, José Padilla, the team of La Abadía Theater and all the assistants and participants in the workshops of Teatro de la Ciudad.
Miguel del Arco has done awesome shows, but his Antígona is a top one: pure energy. Each scene is better than the one before. Constant nerve and emotion, without a flabby moment. Foolproof thermometer: the silences of the public. The director also signs the version, entirely free, almost a claim, tight, imaginative, very theatrical, deeply rhythmical, one of the best I have ever listened
Marcos Ordónez EL PAÍS May 14th 2015
The power and the subversion. The myth and the ritual. A risky formal wrapping, imaginative and beautiful: pure tragedy. Or in other words Miguel del Arco.
Javier Villán EL PAÍS May 16th 2015
“The director assumes the choral tradition of the tragedy and pours it in a vigorous and vibrant set on the stage, of obscure beauty, with a big white sphere gravitating over it, premonitory moon, eye that sees everything and jail where stays hanged Antígona, delicately composed by Manuela Paso, stubborn and fragile in front of the queen of Tebas who Carmen Machi knows how to insufflate the subtle gradient from the arrogance of power to the final decay. Awesome the rest of the cast.”
Juan Ignacio García Garzón ABC April 28th 2015.
“…pure theater is what this work transmits, based on the speeches of the texts that arrive directly to the public, who closed up the night with a never ending ovation, so well deserved for all and each one of the actors…”
David Vigario EL MUNDO July 18th 2015 (Mérida)
“…action is intense, frenetic, full of a fierce and overwhelming energy, where the word stirs the guts on the public, getting even disturbed.”
José-Miguel Vila Diariocritico August 31st 2017
“A perfect work composed of complementing gears, that result in true master work of art that everyone should enjoy”
Paula OCiteyoco August 15th 2017
“…an example of epic theatre at its very best; where the audience takes collective breaths with the actors, straining forward for every uttered word”
Carrie Klewin LawrenceTHE THEATER TIMES August 14th 2017
“…the complete set is exceptionally gifted, flawlessly harmonized. Besides the scenic direction…the play enjoys of an overwhelming artistic and stylistic artifact.”
EfeJota SuárezMi reino por un caballo August 14th 2017
“Antígona is brutal. A cast where all the actors highlight with their quietness each time they take part and when they coordinate their movements, almost make to exploit the stage”
Lucas Ferreiralucasfh1976 August 14th 2017
“…a vibrant play…extracts the strength and spirit of the original in a claustrophobic atmosphere, full of shadows”
Jesús Falcón El lobo estepario August 9th 2017
“…this pure theater and so decided the public (at the end of the day is who decides)in the last play of “Antigone” standing up.
Arturo Padrón MARDTEATRO January 24th 2016 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
“I already said and repeat again: thanks for making us love theater “
Moisés Morán Vega El Patio de los Cangrejos January 18th 2016 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
“Although highlighting three names (Carmen Machi, Manuela Paso and José Luís Martínez) we must say we liked a lot all the interpretations, the magnificent choreography by Antonio Ruiz and the spectacular light design”.
Inma Barba Voltar i Voltar December 7th 2015 (Barcelona)
“…this work is, with no doubts, an spectacle that we all should see as part of a complete education, a master class on how the human beings keep facing our own reason and feelings whatever the age we live”
Ariadna Ortega EN PLATEA December 7th 2015 (Barcelona)
“Highly notable solutions on set up of the stage. Are the best of the show, together with the original use of the heart and the generation of a tragical climax.”
Santi Fondevilla ara.cat December 7th 2015 (Barcelona)
The delighted public stood up, applauded and yelled bravo during a long time. Essential !!!
Neus Mònico Fernández Teatre de Barcelona December 6th 2015 (Barcelona)
This Antigone of Sophocles in version and direction of Miguel del Arco has been the climax, a category epilogue, of those that give you goosebumps.
Josep M Ribaudí bloc d’en Kabrota December 6th 2015 (Barcelona)
“Miguel del Arco keeps overtaking himself updating the classics and making them of his own. His ‘Antigone’ is an old beauty with new voice. The essence of the myth remains in the drama of the characters…but also, his brave re-writing provides a contemporary dimension and political value. Always through the characters and enriched by the team-work”
Jonás Sainz LA RIOJA.com November 25th 2015 (Logroño)
“…an emotional spectacle about a family ominously marked that removes you from inside, thanks to a great team work and the great quality of all the professionals involved”.
Alejandro Reche Salas XYZ November 7th 2015 (Sevilla)
“I had fun, enjoyed, felt the emotion, tasted and was half of the show leaning forward just wanting more…Yes, with them I did feel the tension, the brutality and the heartless fate of the Greek tragedy. And even more important, the total devotion of some artists who get dirty, give their very best and who prove the commitment and the right way to get into an stage”
“Miguel del Arco with this show, turns up the myth of Antígona providing new profiles not explored until now, and obtaining a magnificent result, all an experience that any person who likes the theater should not leave the opportunity to see”
Mario Martín Lucas TRASLAMÁSCARA July 25th 2015 (Mérida)
“Without doubt, a magnificent final touch for the classic Greek trilogy produced by Teatro de la Ciudad, that after a big success of public and critics in Madrid, has also been able to convince the public of the Mérida Classic Theater Festival”.
Belén Collado EXPAÑA con equis July 18th 2015 (Mérida)
“It is difficult to describe a show that turns up a myth represented so often. Because all the words come out of the feelings that myself, as an spectator, have enjoyed in each single scene”
Paco Vadillo HOY.es July18th 2015 (Mérida)
“…Antígona versus Creonte…In this theater combat directed by Miguel del Arco, does not lose (Carmen) Machi nor (Manuela) Paso; they both win and earn the public. They both are sublime in their respective roles and brave in their characters…”
EFE HOY.es July 18th 2015 (Mérida)
Miguel del Arco reaches here to trespass all those feelings of pain, cruelty, fear, sacrifice and rage radiating from the protagonists, to make them feel it thanks to the body movements of all the actors. What a way of shinning moving and making chores all together. It was of a magnificent poetry.
Natalia Eseverri Cobos el arcón de Natalia July 17th 2015
“A rounded show, full of energy and completely emotional….”
La Teatrera EL TEATRO QUE ME GUSTA June 30th 2015
“This new version by Miguel del Arco is a delicatessen…His secret, is a simple but effective set up on the scene, an adequate use of the chores and the brilliant interpretations…”
danijota LECOOL June 14th 2015
“…a tragic drama, remarkably thought, versioned and mounted. With totally committed cast who give the best of themselves…”
David Ladra Artezblai June 11th 2015
“Antígona extraordinarily accomplishes with the initial objectives of the group that composed Teatro de la Ciudad: innovation, scenic intervention, universal issues update and a dramatical expression of a cast and a director who, once more have proved their great doing.”
Precision: thats the key-point of a vibrant intelectual exercise that is, also, a gorgeous performance…a magistral play with details that enrich the experience: projections, the chorus, the intimacy killed by the curtains dominating the set up, the symbolic looks of the cast in the chorus, the symbolic power of a rope…
Daniel Ventura Teatro a Teatro June 1st 2015.
“Something to acknowledge to Del Arco is his faith in the text as an essential tool for communication with the public, by putting in context the dramatic material or respecting the original interpretation. That’s the key for his success.”
Jaime Brígido Ramírez Drugstore Magazine Cultural May 23rd 2015
“… dense philosophy and with a choral set up… Full of contradictions between the individual and the State.”
Santiago Navajas LibertadDigital May 13rd 2015
“Miguel del Arco leaves the starring role to a team of interpreters who function as an unique entity, breathing and moving at the same time. Great and detailed work of interpretation, with intense choreographic moments needed for the scenic proposal.”
Miguel Gabaldón NOTODO.com May 14th 2015
“…something to remember, basically for the enormous energy that detached from the show through the cast: an energy that surpasses the stage and spreads among the public…”
Hugo Álvarez BUTACA EN ANFITEATRO May10th 2015
“The version has a lot of wise choices, but there is one that is outstanding: that a woman incarnates Creonte…Carmen Machi is an actress who transformes the stage with her presence”
Julio Bravo UNA BUTACA CON VISTAS May 8th 2015
“¡What a talent and a nose have this man for drama!…Del Arco has surrounded himself with his accomplice cast, compact and highly trained troop.
Liz Perales EL CULTURAL May 8th 2015
“Del Arco shows his control of the scenic domain. It’s interesting the actoral movement of the proposal, the way to balance the scenic forces. In one side, an outstanding character; and in the other, the rest of the cast, that compound one only mass which is the director’s translation of the Greek chorus.”
Víctor Barahona CULTURA JOVEN May 1st 2015
“This project stands by itself, and I don’t think we will leave empty seats, but if anyone has doubts, make it clear, Teatro de la Ciudad is an essential civic call”
Domingo Herráiz Amores De mis pasos en la tierra April 25th 2015.
“…it scared me in the beginning: all dressed up in black, a group without order and intense that go back and forward, gesticulates, mumbles, tramples…Until they break to say things one by one, and starts a superlative show”
P.J.L. Domínguez CERCADELACERCA May 10th 2015
“Shine from the cast and from the huge talent of who direct them”
P.J.L. Domínguez guía del ocio May 8th 2015.
- From 9 to 31. EL PAVÓN TEATRO KAMIKAZE
- From 1 to 3. EL PAVÓN TEATRO KAMIKAZE
- 17. Cuyás Theater, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- 21, Premier in Sala Juan de la Cruz at Teatro de La Abadía, Madrid.
- 22. Teatro de La Abadía, Madrid.
- 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 y 30. Teatro de La Abadía, Madrid.
- 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 19 y 20. Teatro de La Abadía, Madrid.
- 17, 18 and 19. International Festival of Classic Theater, Mérida.
- 26. International Festival of Classic Theater, Olite.
- 17. Principal Theater of Vitoria.
- 6 and 7. Central Theater of Sevilla.
- 13. Bretón Theater, Logroño.
- 15. Arriaga Theater, Bilbao.
- 17. Lienzo Norte, Ávila.
- 27, 28 and 29. Calderón Theater, Valladolid.
- 4, 5 and 6. Teatre Lliure, Barcelona.