by Scottish Dance Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre is one of the few full-time ensembles in the U.K. and is made up of a collective of versatile dancers from all over the world who work and create in their home at Dundee Rep. Working at the forefront of the art form, Scottish Dance Theatre collaborates with internationally acclaimed choreographers and artistes, supports the development of emerging and homegrown talent and promotes a plurality of voices. For more than 30 years, the company has brought unique dance experiences to audiences and communities across the U.K. and abroad, producing high-quality dance that is thought-provoking and holds resonance in people’s lives. Scottish Dance Theatre has received multiple awards (including The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Company Repertoire), and has built a strong international profile, performing extensively across four continents at venues like the Shanghai International Dance Center, National Theatre of Peru, Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (Colombia), National Theater of Brittany (France), the Siri Fort Auditorium (India) and festivals including the American Dance Festival (the U.S.A.) and Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania), among others.
‘Antigone, Interrupted’ is a powerful solo reinterpretation of the classical Greek myth with contemporary references that have very strong resonances in India. Using a mixture of dance, theatre and storytelling, choreographer Joan Clevillé and performer Solène Weinachter have created an intimate work by exploring the strength and vulnerability of the body as a tool for resistance and civil disobedience. The piece 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 work 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. The work re-imagines the multi-disciplinary character of ancient Greek theatre, which combined song, dance, ritual and performance, and interweaves Sophocles’s original tragedy with newly written text and choreography.
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