Staging radical disobedience: Antigone’s revolt, from Brecht to the 1960s and beyond

6 June 2016, 13:00 - 19:00

Alison Richard Building: Seminar room SG2 1:00pm and SG1 from 5:00pm

A half-day workshop:  'Antigone's Revolt and the Performance of Protest': Staging radical disobedience, from Brecht to the 1960s and beyond.

Co-organised by Freddie Rokem (founding member, Performance Philosophy Network), Annalisa Sacchi (Principal Investigator, ERC-funded INCOMMON: Art and Politics in Italy 1959-79) and Clare Foster (British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, UCL).

Engagements with the Antigone across Europe and the US helped articulate a gradual revolt against the silence, repression and denial which followed the Second World War, re-emerging in the political crises and protests of 1968. How might this history illuminate the politics of protest more widely?  And how does it continue to inform and influence us today? 

Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN), series.

Administrative assistance:

Speaker biographies

Freddie Rokem, Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University, is one of the founding members of the Performance Philosophy network and is co-editor of the associated Palgrave/Macmillan book series. His most recent book Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (Stanford UP, 2010; translated to Italian, Polish and German) focuses on the interactions between the discursive practices of philosophy and performance. He is also active as a dramaturg. 

Annalisa Sacchi is the Principal Investigator of the ERC funded project “INCOMMON. In Praise of Community. Shared creativity in arts and politics in Italy (1959-1979)”. She specialises in avant-garde theatre and performance art from Modernism, through Postmodernism to the present. Among her books are Il posto del re. Estetiche della regia teatrale nel modernismo e nel contemporaneo, Roma, Bulzoni, 2012; Itinera, trajectoires de la forme Tragedia Edogonidia, (with Enrico Pitozzi, Actes Sud, Arles, 2008); and Gli Shakespeare della Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, ETS, Pisa, 2014.


Registration and Introduction

Room: SG2


Screening: The Year of the Cannibals, Dir. Liliana Cavani (1969)

Room: SG2



Refreshments are available from the Arc Café


Presentation followed by discussion:
"I revolt, therefore we are": Antigone and the desiring community in Italy after 1968 - Annalisa Sacchi 

Room: SG2


Presentation followed by discussion: 
What can Antigone do for us? Brecht and beyond - Freddie Roken

Room: SG2


Tea Break. Refreshments are available from the Arc Café


Panel: Greek Drama and the Performance of Protest
Room: SG1

Panel Discussion led by Clare Foster with Freddie Rokem and Annalisa Sacchi, and:

  • Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)
  • Alan Read (King's College London)
  • Katie Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Rosa Andujar (University College London)