54th Week of Slovenian Drama

Sophocles and i ncorporating The Three Lives of Antigone by Slavoj Žižek


Residenztheater, Munich


09.03.2024 at 19:30 Residenztheater Munich


Director: Mateja Koležnik

Stage designer: Christian Schmidt

Costume designer: Ana Savić Gecan

Music: Bert Wrede

Lighting designer: Gerrit Jurda

Choreographer: Matija Ferlin

Dramaturg: Constanze Kargl


Vassilissa Reznikoff

Linda Blümchen

Oliver Stokowski

Vincent zur Linden

Steffen Höld

Simon Zagermann

Cathrin Störmer

Florian Jahr

Thiemo Strutzenberger

Max Rothbart

Thomas Lettow

Hanna Scheibe

Michael Goldberg

and extras

About the event

The production is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and has one interval, in German with English surtitles.

Seven years after her production of Oedipus, Slovenian director Mateja Koležnik now brings the next instalment of the Theban myths to the stage: both a political thriller and an epic family drama. Oedipus’s sons are already dead when the story begins, but it is they who set it in motion: while fighting over the throne, they kill each other in a duel. Their uncle Creon has now taken over as Regent and wishes for happier times in the house of the tragically blinded Oedipus and in a country that has suffered from war and pestilence. He forbids that the aggressor Polynices be buried, at which his sister Antigone rebels and decides she would rather die than accept this royal command. What forces are in conflict here? The power of the state against religious customs, strictly rational orders against protesting emotions, an old man against a young woman? The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek views the chorus, the people, as a third force in the play and uses this to show how distant the quarrel in the royal palace is from social reality. Mateja Koležnik combines Sophocles’ play with this contemporary reading and re-interprets the myth for a time when personal and social benefits are strictly weighed against each other in new ways.

"I know that in the theatre, it’s important to distinguish between right and wrong, to decide which character’s side you’re on. In Antigone, the rights of the individual, based on one’s own family and one’s own beliefs, stand opposed to the rights of the state and its decrees. When I read the play today, I think they are both wrong and aren’t even prepared to listen to each other. This is why I want to tell the story from both perspectives." Mateja Koležnik

"Mateja Koležnik is a virtuoso with polyphony." Mathias Hejny, Abendzeitung


Photo gallery

Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then
Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then
Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then
Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then
Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then
Antigone <em>Photo: Sandra Then</em>
Photo: Sandra Then