UP Projects: ‘Antigone: where is democracy today?’

UP Projects have announced Antigone: where is democracy today? taking place on Thursday 13 May 2021 at 18:00 (GMT).

Antigone: where is democracy today? is an online event that presents a theatre performance together with a panel discussion. The event will explore new ways of encouraging audiences to participate online.

The event will engage audience members with a contemporary version of the ancient Greek play, Antigone by Sophocles presented by theatre company, Out of Chaos. Framed as a play of resistance in which the conflict between the private and the public sphere is represented by the characters Antigone and Creon. Antigone asks us; what happens when our responsibilities as citizens clash with our values as individuals? This 20-minute-long adapted version of the play, commissioned especially for this event, will be broadcasted live.

The play will be followed by a panel discussion with Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at University of Cambridge Paul Cartledge, and artist and lecturer Dr. Harold Offeh, chaired by UP Projects’ Curator (Learning & Live Research) Elisabeth Del Prete. The event will draw a parallel between ancient Greek theatre and socially engaged art and explore how culture can enable democratic decision-making processes. What was the relationship between ancient Greek theatre and democracy? And what can be learnt from ancient Greek, highly politicised plays that is relevant to contemporary, socially engaged art?

The event takes place in UP Projects’ digital participation space The Hall, which experiments with the potential of the digital sphere as a space for debate and collaboration. During the event, participants will be encouraged to contribute through the use of polling, brainstorming and Q&A tools.

A learning resource will be generated from the event and made available as a free download from UP Projects’ website.

Registration is free via Eventbrite.