WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In the 19th century, Cuban poet José Martí expressed a deep yearning for his people's freedom, leading the slaves in their struggle for independence from Spain. Like Antigone opposing an inhumane law in classical antiquity, they rose up against colonial rule without a real chance of succeeding. Since then, the struggle for the right to humanity and independence has been a central tenet for every subsequent generation of Cubans. Martí's gripping poetry radiates the enthusiasm and the gallows humor of those who have nothing to lose but their chains. In Antigonón, Rogelio Orizondo transposes Martí's famous verses into a modern setting. In brief scenes, performers and dancers create a kaleidoscope of absurd encounters. Martí's noble conception of freedom clashes with tough reality but also takes strength from the manifold voices of a people able to counter this reality with wit, grace, dignity, and the will to survive.