West Park Presbyterian Church
New York, New York
July 15, 2015
by Tom Phillips
copyright 2015 by Tom Phillips
Whether to go along with the tyrant in power, or risk your life defying his whims, is the argument between two sisters – and the first high point of this fiery flamenco version of Sophocles’ Antigone.
Antigone – or Antigona, in Spanish -- cannot bear to see the body of her brother Polyneices left to rot on the battlefield, where he and his brother Eteocles slew each other battling for power in Thebes. Ismene, her sister, would prefer not to look, to avoid the wrath of King Creon, who ordered a military funeral for Eteocles and a dog’s fate for Polyneices. The sisters confront each other with electric foot-stamping and acrobatic turns -- the power of Ismene’s conventional thinking against the lonely righteousness of Antigone. And of course it is Ismene who survives, who slides back into the chorus, observing the woes that befall others.
Photo: Soledad Barrio as Antigona by Zarmik Moqtaderi