Anitgone (not quite/quiet)

ANTIGONE (not quite/quiet)

“Ninganiki Okungcwele Ezinjeni”

This hard-hitting new work created by Magnet Theatre in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre Dance and Performances Studies (CTDPS) explores the nature of protest and responses to power, untangling the tragedy of our current moment in South Africa. Subtitled Ninganiki Okungcwele Ezinjeni which is isiXhosa for “Give not unto dogs sacred things”, Antigone (not quite/quiet), is not a production of Antigone, but rather a series of responses to the original play. It engages with the concept of the aftermath: the tragedy of our particular aftermath in post-1994 South Africa. Created in 3 parts, it exposes the impossibility of escaping  our colonial history;  gives  voice to the  youth, in protest against the authority of the state that acts to silence them; and the complicity of the those in power in bringing us to this tragic point.

Antigone (not quite/quiet), directed by Mark Fleishman, is the first production – in a series of four – by UCT’s Centre of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and Magnet Theatre.

At the beginning of 2019, the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS) – previously the Drama Department and the School of Dance – embarked on an exciting five-year research project on Re-imagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South. Led by Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe, the project is made possible through the generous funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Director: Mark Fleishman

Set and Costume Design: Craig Leo

Lighting Design: Mark Fleishman

Production Manager: Themba Stewart

Part I: Ismene

Written and performed by: Jennie Reznek

Choreographer: Ina Wichterich

Part II: Antigone

Musical Director and Composer: Neo Muyanga

Choreographer: Jennie Reznek with input from Luxolo Mboso and cast

Text by: Sophocles, Mandisa Vundla and the cast

Created and performed by: Carlo Daniels, Motlatji Mjamba, Sive Gubanxa, Siyavuya Gqumehlo, Jason Jacobs, Balindile kaNgcobo, Sizwe Lubengu, Sivenathi Macibela, Sityhilelo Makupula, Luxolo Mboso, Abigail Mei, Yvonne Msebenzi, Kanya Viljoen

Part III: Tiresias                    

Performed by: Faniswa Yisa

Videographer: Kirsty Cumming

Text by: SEK Mqhayi and others

First performed at The Baxter Theatre in September 2019. Nominated in 2 categories for the 2019 Fleur du Cap awards: Best Ensemble and Best Original sound

Click here to watch Antigone trailer