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a strange new kind of inbetween thing: Antigone, philosophy, performance

Conference contribution
Authors Kristina Hagström-Ståhl
Published in Dramaturgical Investigations of Antigone: Violence and Resistance, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Chicago
Publication year 2018
Published at Academy of Music and Drama
Language en
Subject categories Performing Art Studies, Performing Arts


This presentation attempts a critical reading of Sophocles' Antigone, which traverses between a ”philosophical”/textual and a “dramaturgical”/performance-oriented interpretation of elements in the play. Tracing a number of philosophical and theoretical investments in the drama to consider how such framings might influence a conceptualization and prospective staging of the play, conversely I consider the impact of practical, theatrical concerns (the materiality of embodied performance, spatio-temporal representation, the voice) on received discursive readings. Thus, I attempt to come to the play as a director, but by way of philosophical engagements. The aim is not to reinforce dichotomies of textuality/embodiment, ideas/action, or theory/practice, but rather to create encounters between different urgencies and to outline a potential critical performance practice that might describe itself, borrowing the words of Antigone, as “a strange new kind of inbetween thing.”

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