Antigone Project with Lisa Dwan and Colm Tóibín

Sunday, April 22, 2018  6:15pm Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall), Lecture Hall

'Pale Sister', written by Colm Toibin for the actress Lisa Dwan is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister's defiance of the King as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example. It arises from 'The Antigone Project' a course taught at Columbia by Lisa Dwan and Colm Toibin, which examined the ways in which this story - a woman's powerlessness emerging as power, conscience versus law,  defiance versus might, protest versus order, individual versus authority - has been re-written and re-created, including versions made in France during the Nazi Occupation, Ireland during the Troubles, Germany after the war, South Africa during apartheid, and among the Pakistani community in contemporary London. It runs for one hour and fifteen minutes and will be followed by a discussion.

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