Based on works by Jean Cocteau & Jean Anoulh
Toneelspelersgezelschap [tg] STAN is a company of Flemish actors which applies collective principles both to the process of reworking dramatic texts and to the presentation of postdramatic staged compositions. The company prioritizes actor presence, unmediated communication with the audience, and the second element in its acronym: S(top) T(hinking) A(bout) N(ames). In Les Antigones (2001), tg STAN contrast two contemporary versions of the Antigone myth by Jean Cocteau (1922) and Jean Anouilh (1944) respectively.The two represent different approaches to the issues raised by the tragedy’s characters.
tg STAN entirely reject each and every desire to embody or transcend roles. Motivated by the hypothesis that ancient audiences knew the myths before they saw them on stage, tg STAN relate the myths, stressing the elements they consider important, before enacting them. Adopting a post-Brechtian approach, they remain unsure of their roles, which they mumble rather than recite as they struggle to understand them—a process made more difficult still by the performance being in French, which is not the actors’ mother tongue. The result: Gradually transformed into witnesses to the unfolding of a mental process which starts with the play and is driven by the actors’ stance towards it, the audience rediscovers the well-known myth. Ultimately, the actors’ refusal to identify even with their art—they employ the simplest possible means—brings the audience into unmediated contact with the emotional power the texts, myths and impulses of actors and creators once had.
In Les Antigones, tg STAN return to the simplest means of theatrical expression. Without a hint of reformist rhetoric, they mould an essentially theatrical discourse on the cusp between the dramatic and post-dramatic idioms.
Text: Jean Cocteau
, Jean Anouilh
By and With: Natali Broods, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Tine Embrechts, Tiago Rodrigues, Frank Vercruyssen
Set and Lighting Design: Thomas Walgrave
Costumes: An D’Huys
Many thanks to: Laurence d’Hondt
Avec l'aimable autorisation de M. Pierre Bergé
Président du Comité Jean Cocteau
Production: tg STAN
Co-production: Théâtre Garonne
(Toulouse), Festival d’Automne
(Paris) and Théâtre de la Bastille
World Premiere: 15 May 2001, Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse)
IN FRENCH WITH GREEK SURTITLES
Translation: Louiza Mitsakou
8 Jan 2011
After-performance talk with tg STAN
8 Jan 2011
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
Α theatre without a director: how does an actors’ collective work?
A seminar/workshop led by tg STAN