Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin Belgium
Description Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche (In-I, 2009 Next Wave) plays the title role in a new English-language translation of Antigone, directed by the internationally renowned Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove (last at BAM with Angels in America, 2014 Next Wave) and translated by poet and MacArthur fellow Anne Carson. The BAM engagement marks the US premiere of this powerful, collaborative work which premiered at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in February and was staged at the Barbican in March. Following the BAM engagement, the production’s US tour continues in Chapel Hill, NC; Ann Arbor, MI; and Washington, DC.
In Thebes, Antigone has refuted King Kreon’s order: that her traitorous brother’s body be left to rot outside the city gates. Vast monochrome videoscapes of sun and moon, sand and snow provide the backdrop to Van Hove’s taut, unsentimental account of a woman who, as removed from life as she is from death, ends up taking both into her own hands.