Power vs. Justice
In an incandescent face to face encounter, two actors ruthlessly confront each other. Father and daughter, the dissident and the ruler, the dog barking angrily at its master. Too Late! (antigone) contest #2 is a disturbing allegory of contemporary political and economic upheaval and a plea for justice and humanity, as well as an extraordinary theatrical laboratory. This terrible play is presented in close quarters. The audience is seated at stage level and in fact encircles the stage, inexorably becoming part of the proceedings.
There is Antigone, a pacifist warrior and a symbol of rebellion with a touching code of fraternity that no threat can undermine, and then there are Creon and his son Haemon. These characters reworked by Brecht have inspired the poetic mavericks of the Italian company Motus, who are also presenting at the FTA Alexis. Una tragedia greca, which explores themes similar to those of Too Late! (antigone) contest #2. The play raises an important, vehement and visceral question. Is it too late to rise up and change the course of events?
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Artists Without Borders
For the Italian company Motus there are no borders, no frontiers between countries or eras or disciplines, no separation of art from involvement in society. Free thinkers who have performed all over the world, the playwright Daniela Nicolò and the director Enrico Casagrande, who founded Motus in 1991, combine video, installations, poetry and dance in their theatre. They also integrate well-known works such as Jean Genet’s Splendid’s, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Preparadise Sorry Now into thoroughly contemporary productions where artistic innovation and taking a political stance are one and the same. The originality and quality of the Motus oeuvre have earned the company a number of honours, including the prestigious Ubu Award for their Rooms project. The Italian actress Silvia Calderoni, who has been working for Motus since 2006, recently received an Ubu Award as best new actress under 30.
The company was in Montreal in 2002 with CRAC, and back again with Twin Rooms in 2005. This year the FTA will be featuring their new piece Too Late! (antigone) contest #2,as well as Alexis. Una tragedia greca, both of which are part of the Syrma Antigónes quartet, the other two being Let the Sunshine In (antigone) contest #1andIovadovia (antigone) contest #3.Created between 2008 and 2010, the series is a contemporary reflection of the spirit of Antigone, a symbol of integrity and of the revolt in contemporary societies against uncaring or corrupt authorities.
“Pushing the boundaries of what should and should not be accepted, Too Late! is both cerebral and emotional”
Cindy Pierre, backstage.com, January 7, 2011
“For me, the biggest revelation this year is the ferocious Italian company Motus, whose Too Late! antigone (contest #2) takes a series of well-worn parts (acting school animal exercises, modern spin on a classic text, meta-commentary) and plays them with such abandon and skill that they feel fresh.”
Jason Zinoman, New York Times, January 12, 2011
« Ils dissèquent les textes, les fragmentent, pour mieux faire parler les événements qui secouent notre monde. Les Italiens de la compagnie Motus nous questionnent directement. »
Bruno Tackles, Mouvement, Oct.-déc. 2010
PRODUCED BY Motus
CREATED AND DIRECTED BY Enrico Casagrande + Daniela Nicolò
WITH Vladimir Aleksic + Silvia Calderoni
DRAMATURGY Daniela Nicolò
SOUNDAMBIENCE Enrico Casagrande
SOUND TECHNICIAN Andrea Comandini
IN ASSOCIATION WITH Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino + Festival delle Colline Torinesi + Institut Culturel de Marseille
WITH THE SUPPORT OF Magna Grecia Festival 08 + L’Arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino + Progetto G.E.CO - Regione Emilia-Romagna + Ministero della Gioventù
PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF Institut Culturel Italien de Montréal
WRITTEN BY Sophie Pouliot
TRANSLATED BY Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival Prospettiva, Turin, October 20, 2009
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES