Scottish Dance Theatre’s Antigone, Interrupted

Published: 7 December 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Solène Weinachter in Antigone, Interrupted R&D

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Joan Clevillé’s newest work, Antigone, Interrupted, will receive its world première at Perth Theatre on 14 February 2020 ahead of a UK Tour to Edinburgh, Shetland, London, Dundee, Stirling, Ardrishaig, Leeds, Banchory and Findhorn.

An intimate solo work created in collaboration with Solène Weinachter (National Dance Awards 2018 nominee for Juliet and Romeo, Lost Dog), the show will be performed in-the-round, in a reinterpretation of Sophocles’ original tragedy with a 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.

Clevillé and Weinachter have had eight years of close collaboration which have included Plan B for Utopia and The North. The creative team includes award-winning playwright Ella Hickson, composer Luke Sutherland and designers Matthias Strahm and Emma Jones.

Speaking from the rehearsal room ahead of the show’s opening Clevillé said, “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.”