Oedipus Rex / Antigone

Sat 9 Mar - Sun 24 Mar
9 Mar
24 Mar

Ambitious works for chorus, vocal soloists and dancers

This double bill — Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (1927) and Samy Moussa’s Antigone (2020) — centres on the tragic collision between the political and the personal. In this new production, stage director Mart van Berckel and director-choreographer Nanine Linning bring together the worlds of classical tragedy and of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music in a unique theatrical experience. 

In Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky’s imposing opera-oratorio in Latin, the city of Thebes is afflicted by a pestilence. The only way to end the plague is to find and punish the old king’s murderer. Tensions mount ever higher between the people of the city and their leaders. Moussa’s Antigone, sung in Greek, deals with the tragedy of Oedipus’s daughter. Out of a sense of moral obligation, she breaks the law introduced by King Creon, but her decision does not go unpunished.