Antigone in the Amazon

© Armin Smailovic

By Milo Rau & Ensemble
Staging: Milo Rau

For Antigone in the Amazon, Milo Rau and his team traveled to the Brazilian state of Pará, where the forests burn due to the expanding soy monocultures and where nature gets devoured by capitalism. On an occupied piece of land, in collaboration with MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra), the world’s largest landless workers’ movement, they create an allegorical play about the violent devastations and displacements caused by the modern state, which places private property above the traditional right to land. 

After the productions Orestes in Mosul, which was presented at the Pfauen back in 2019, and the film The New Gospel  in the southern Italian refugee camps, the final part of his Trilogy of Ancient Myths is now coming to the Pfauen. Nachtkritik wrote about the premiere at NTGent: "The audience did not spare a standing ovation."

With Frederico Araujo / Sara De Bosschere / Pablo Casella / Arne De Tremerie, Im Video zu sehen: Kay Sara / Gracinha Donato / Célia Maracajà / Chor der Aktivist:innen von Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra  – Bewegung der Landlosen (MST) / und als Tiresias,  Ailton Krenak
Staging, Concept
Milo Rau
Milo Rau / Ensemble
Giacomo Bisordi
Collaboration dramaturgy
Martha Kiss Perrone / Douglas Estevam
Assistance dramaturgy
Kaatje De Geest / Carmen Hornbostel
Collaboration on concept, research and dramaturgy
Eva-Maria Bertschy
Stage design
Anton Lukas
Costume design
Gabriela Cherubini / An De Mol / Jo De Visscher / Anton Lukas
Dennis Diels
Elia Rediger / Pablo Casella
Moritz von Dungern

A production of NTGent

A coproduction by The International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Festival d’Avignon, Romaeuropa Festival, Manchester International Festival, La Vilette Parijs, Tandem – Scène nationale, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Equinoxe Scène Nationale, Wiener Festwochen

  • Ca. 100 minutes
  • Zürich-Premiere: 27 April 2024, Pfauen
  • Portuguese, Dutch, with German and English surtitles.
  • 🛈 ♥ Affairs / Related Artist in collaboration with MST and IIPM
    Trigger warning: This production contains explicit depictions of violence.

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