The San Javier Theatre Group, heir to the group of amateur actors that gave birth to the San Javier Festival in 1969, premieres “Antigona” , by Sophocles, in a version by Manuel Canseco and J. L. Sánchez Matas. by Sophocles, in a version by Manuel Canseco and J. L. Sánchez Matas. In its appointment with the 52nd edition of the San Javier FEST, the Grupo de Teatro San Javier, takes another step forward in its trajectory by working with Manuel Brun, an actor with a long professional career in theatre, television series and cinema, who acts and co-directs the production with José Antonio Navas.
The collaboration of the local group with Manuel Brun arose after José Antonio Navas met Brun in a theatre workshop, who expressed his desire to revive, 20 years later, the story of the tragic Greek heroine in which he played the role of Creon. Navas, supported by the group of actors, was quick to invite him to fulfil his wish, convinced that this collaboration would be “an enriching experience for all”.
The distance between Manuel Brun and the group forced them to work in intensive weekend rehearsals since December to put on a show that has 28 artists on stage, including dancers, actors and chorus. Navas highlights the “fantastic” work of Laura Pérez as director of the choir, due to the difficulty involved in making it sound as one voice. The version of the play, updated but faithful to the classical text, is performed on a two-storey stage, with the Palace, symbolising power, at the top, and the people at the bottom.
Sophocles’ play is a symbol of struggle and determination that the Greek author wanted to personify in a woman, Antigone, who has passed down through the centuries as a synonym for resistance and vindication. Antigone is both heroine and victim as she rebels against the decree proclaimed by Creon that her brother’s corpse should not be buried. For Navas, Sophocles presents a woman who chooses rebellion over submission, a woman who confronts established power and speaks out against injustice even if she has to pay for it with her life.
Date: Tuesday, 9 August
Venue: Auditorio Parque Almansa, San Javier
Tickets: 12 and 15 euros
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