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Tragic tale given new spin

By Maria Gregoriou

The tragic tale of a sister and her fight to give her dead brother a proper burial has been told over and over again since ancient times, but now it will be put in dance form to give the story of Antigone by Sophocles a different kind of emotional turn.

Choreographer Machi Dimitriadou Lindahl and her dance company Asomates Dynameis will present a dance performance based on the tragedy on Tuesday in Limassol.

The dance will echo the tragic unfolding of Antigone, Oedipus’ daughter, who defies Creon’s – the ruler of Thebes – rule to not bury her brother Polyneices as a means of punishment.

Four dancers and two musicians, in the roles of the tragic heroes and the chorus, will use their bodies to narrate the tragedy. Their performance, together with the beats of gripping music, are sure to do what all tragedies do, rock the very core of what it means to be human.

Lindahl explains that the play reflects on human nature, violence, compassion, death and life after death. It focuses on power and as Antigone chooses a path defined by the moral law, she has become a symbol of moral integrity and courage.

Antigone
Performance of the dance by Machi Dimitriadou Lindahl. October 13. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10/5. Tel: 77-777745

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