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Milo Rau / NTGent & MST

Milo Rau / NTGent & MST

Antigone in the Amazon

Milo Rau / NTGent & MST

Antigone in the Amazon

For Antigone in the Amazon, Milo Rau and his team travelled to the Brazilian state of Pará, where forests burn and nature is ruthlessly ravaged for material gain. In collaboration with the MST (Landless Workers' Movement), one of the largest in the world, they bring us an allegory about political struggle and resistance.

“Monstrous, a lot. But nothing more monstrous than man.” On a screen placed at centre stage, the chorus begins their mournful song. Filmed passages alternating with live sequences establish an eloquent dialogue that brings together direct experience, the amassed knowledge of indigenous activists and members of the MST, and the classical tragedy written by Sophocles. We’re simultaneously at the heart of mythical Thebes, in Greece, and in the Brazilian state of Pará, where the Amazon rainforest has fallen prey to human greed.

© Kurt Van Der.
© Kurt Van Der.
© Kurt Van Der.
© Kurt Van Der.
© Moritz Von Dungern.

11 NOV 2023
SAT 21:00

12 NOV 2023
SUN 17:00

Buy Tickets
Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
16€ (discounts)
Duration 1h50

In English, Toucan, Dutch and Portuguese with subtitles in Portuguese and English.

On 12 November, the performance will be followed by an talk with the cast at room 2 at Culturgest

Bio Milo Rau

Milo Rau was born in 1977, in Switzerland. He’s a theatre and film director, journalist and essayist. He studied sociology, and German and Roman studies in Paris, Zurich and Berlin. In 2007, he founded the company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), where he has carried out his work ever since. His productions and films (“Five Easy Pieces”, “Montana”, “The Last Days of the Ceausescus”, “Hate Radio”, “City of Change”, “The Moscow Trials”, “The Zurich Trials”, “The Civil Wars”, “The Dark Ages”, “The Congo Tribunal” and many others) have been invited to take part in the world’s largest festivals, such as Festival d’Avignon, Theatertreffen (Berlin) and Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), among others.


Flanders State of the Art

Part of Alkantara Festival

Alkantara Festival

Conception and direction

Milo Rau


Milo Rau & ensemble


Pablo Casella, Frederico Araujo, Sara De Bosschere, Arne De Tremerie

On screen

Kay Sara, Gracinha Donato, Célia Maracajá, Choir of militants of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra (MST), and as Tirésias, Ailton Krenak




The International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), Festival d'Avignon, Romaeuropa Festival, Manchester International Festival, La Villette Parijs, Tandem - Scène nationale (Arras Douai), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Equinoxe Scène Nationale (Châteauroux), Wiener Festwochen

In collaboration with

Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)

Co-presentation with

Teatro Municipal do Porto

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