ANTIGONISMS / Series of discussions

Visions and Revisions
Curated by Dionysis Kapsalis

There is no other female figure in ancient Greek drama on a par with Antigone, able to extend to her moral stature and sublimity. She is the heir of Prometheus in the realm of human freedom; the Maiden who willingly descents to Hades sanctifying the cycle of life; the Woman who articulates her discourse against the dominant male discourse.

Nevertheless, this explains why there has been no era that did not bow in awe and respect, admiration and wonder, to the allure of Antigone in philosophy, art, literature, theatre, or music.

The Athens Epidaurus Festival holds a series of lectures and discussions, split into four thematic units (Resistance and Gender, Law and Justice, Performances and Performers, Visions and Revisions), featuring speakers from the entire range of Humanities as well as the world of Theatre, the Arts and Letters.

Visions and Revisions

Antigone’s impact is evident across the entire spectrum of human expression. It is prominent in many theatrical translations and revisions of the tragedy, from Hölderlin to post-civil war Antigone by Aris Alexandrou, traced in various, older and more recent, literary recreations, projected in psychoanalytical thought and enigmatically depicted in visual arts.



Eleni Varopoulou, theatre researcher, critic, translator: “Brecht and Antigone: Between Hölderlin and Modernization”.

Miltos Pechlivanos, Professor of Modern Greek Studies, Freie Universität Berlin: “Antigone: The Burden of Decision”.

Victor Arditis, director, theatre researcher: “An Antigone without Creon?”

Alexandra Rassidakis, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Department of German Language and Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: “Antigones in Fiction”.

Sotiris Manolopoulos, child and adolescent analyst: “Antigone’s Tragic Position”.

Nikos Daskalothanassis, Professor of Art History, Athens School of Fine Arts: “Antigone’s Form in Visual Arts from Word to Image”.


Moderated by

Dionysis Kapsalis, author, Athens Epidaurus Festival Artistic Advisor for Literature


7 June Resistance and Gender


22 June Performances and Performers


30 June Law and Justice


12 July Visions and Revisions