• Past Tense
    Opening Night Performance
    Thursday, October 13 | 7 - 9 PM
    Location: ATRIUM & GALLERY

    By Carrie Mae Weems

    Artist: Carrie Mae Weems
    Singers: Eisa Davis, Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri

    There are only a few great stories in the world and they are repeated again and again.

    - Carrie Mae Weems

    As Billie Holiday sings:
    The same ole story, but it’s new to me....
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  • Laboratory Antigone
    October 13–December 15
    Hours vary daily during the festival (Oct 13-16)
    Post-festival: Thurs-Sat, 10 AM–6 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Maria Papadimitriou

    Drawing from the story of Antigone, a new site-specific art installation by Maria Papadimitriou.

    Artist’s Statement

    A couple of years ago, while returning from a trip to Volos with my friend and colleague at the University of Thessaly, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, we took a detour to Leivadia to meet our friend, the clarinetist Yorgos Mangas. At some point, traveling toward Thebes, Yorgos looked distractedly out the window and said: “We are going through a legendary landscape, where bloodthirsty battles took place, a set inhabited by historical symbols.” Read more

  • We, Antigone
    October 13–December 15
    Hours vary daily during the festival (Oct 13-16)
    Post-festival: Thurs-Sat, 10 AM–6 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Stefanos Tsivopoulos

    The film combines visually poetic images and interviews with its subject, 25-year-old Rakeem Edwards.

    Artist’s Statement

    “I have been a stranger here in my own land: All my life,” says Antigone to the chorus.

    That is very much the case of Rakeem Edwards, a 25-year-old black man born in Georgia and raised in Alaska. He lived in group and foster homes before moving to Portland at the age of 21 to pursue an acting career.
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  • Repoussoir for a New Perspective
    October 13–January 2017 | 8 AM - 10 PM daily
    Location: ATRIUM

    By Alexandra Kehayoglou

    The artist’s newly commissioned, hand-woven wool tapestry installed on the Atrium’s Art Wall.

    Background

    Inspired by the South Aegean volcanic arc, this new work explores mineral formation on the island of Milos, and in particular, the origination of those rich minerals that hold information about the composition and development of the Greek islands’ rocky landscape. Read more

  • The Antigone Now Project
    Friday, October 14 | 2 - 6 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    The Onassis Cultural Center New York partnered with local schools (Brooklyn Latin School, Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences, and Hour Children) and the Epic Theatre Ensemble to create Antigone Now residencies, in which students studied the text of Antigone over the course of ten workshops and prepared a creative response to it. On Friday, October 14, they will come together at the Onassis Cultural Center New York to watch a performance of the play by Epic and present their creative efforts to their peers.

    Participating students are preselected for this program.

  • Be Drummers!
    Friday, October 14 | 7:30 - 9 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    By Banda Magda

    Led by Greek-born composer and vocalist Magda Giannikou, this high-powered concert draws upon a variety of musical traditions from Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia to France, Greece, Mali, and Zimbabwe. Apart from the band’s classic global romps and ballads, it will also present a sneak peek of their upcoming album, Tigre, a compilation of songs and stories about sources of courage and fearlessness.

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  • We Are Not Princesses
    Saturday, October 15 | 12 - 1 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    With the film’s director Bridgette Auger and producer Hal Scardino, as well as Daniel Masterson and Fadia Afashe.

    A documentary film shot over three months in 2014, We Are Not Princesses centers on Antigone of Syria, an eight-week drama workshop in Lebanon with 35 Syrian women from the Sabra, Shatila, and Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camps. Read more

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  • Antigone Model – Coda; 2016
    Saturday, October 15 | 2 - 2:30 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Georgia Sagri

    Georgia Sagri builds vocal and rhythmic soundscapes that are recorded and repeated while she synchronizes her movements with the recorded sounds. The seven-minute Coda of Antigone Model is performed in a loop for half an hour and each repetition, though similar, creates difference. Each minute of the seven-minute variation represents one figure of the tragedy; each demanding simultaneous visual and, most importantly, audible presence.

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  • Nomos the Land Song
    Saturday, October 15 | 4 - 4:40 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Phoebe Giannisi

    The ancient Greek word for tragedy, τραγῳδία, can be read as a composite noun from the two words τράγος / “he-goat” and ᾠδή / “song, lay, ode.” In this specially commissioned performance lecture, Giannisi examines the animalistic dimension of tragedy, as well as issues of gender, land, and dispossession, through movement, music, and poetry.

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  • Antigone – Lonely Planet
    Saturday, October 15 | 6 - 7 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Lena Kitsopoulou
    Performers: Lena Kitsopoulou, Sofia Kokkali, and Themis Panou

    Award-winning, groundbreaking playwright and actor Lena Kitsopoulou stars in and directs a new play inspired by the story of Antigone and specially commissioned for the Antigone Now festival. Antigone – Lonely Planet also stars Sofia Kokkali (Little England) and Themis Panou (Miss Violence).

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  • I Stand For Stage
    Saturday, October 15 | 45-Minute Sessions | 1–6 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Open seating & standing

    In tandem with the #iSTANDfor global digital campaign, the I Stand For Stage is a forum for lively discussions on pressing social concerns of the day.

  • I Stand for Gender Equality / Fighting for Fundamentals
    Saturday, October 15 | 1 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Masih Alinejad and Jaha Dukureh, in conversation with Richard Lui

    While women in America are fighting for equal pay, women in countries all around the world are still fighting for such basic human rights as education for girls, coming out from under the veil of the hijab, or protection from the practice of female genital mutilation. Read more

  • I Stand for the Environment / Our Fragile Ecosystem
    Saturday, October 15 | 2 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Céline Cousteau, Erin Schrode, and Christopher Swain, in conversation with David Schwab Abel

    Join Christopher Swain, who swam in the U.S.’s most polluted waters to draw worldwide attention to the perilous state of our fragile waterways; Céline Cousteau, ocean and Amazon rainforest activist and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau; and Erin Schrode, a 25-year-old community activist who ran for U.S. Read more

  • I Stand for Education / Unlocking Potential
    Saturday, October 15 | 3 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Jacob Lief and Ian Rowe in conversation with Anya Kamenetz

    What is the difference between an elementary school education in Cape Town and New York City? Join us for a fascinating conversation with two education pioneers—Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep, and Jacob Lief, founder of the Ubuntu Education Fund in South Africa—and moderator, acclaimed author, and NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz. Read more

  • I Stand for Women in War and Peace
    Saturday, October 15 | 4 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Kim Barker, Gini Reticker, and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya in conversation with Lee Woodruff

    Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Read more

  • I Stand for an End to Violence
    Saturday, October 15 | 5 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Sarah Clements and Jessica Mindich, in conversation with Wesley Lowery

    While the overall crime rate in the U.S. has dropped over the past decades, every single day, 91 people die from gun violence—from schoolchildren to victims of domestic violence, to people accidently caught in the crossfire. Read more

  • Antigone in Ferguson
    Saturday, October 15 | 8 - 10 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Reg E. Cathey, Gloria Reuben, Glenn Davis, and Samira Wiley
    Moderated by Bryan Doerries

    Screening of selected segments from the documentary Antigone in Ferguson, followed by a dramatic reading of scenes from Antigone with Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire), Gloria Reuben (ER), Glenn Davis (24, The Unit), and Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black). Read more

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  • Family Sunday at Onassis
    Everyday Superheroes

    Our Family Day program is designed for children ages 5–12 and their families, but the whole family is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the program.

  • Mina’s Dream
    Sunday, October 16 | 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 12:30 - 1:15 PM, 1:30 - 2:15 PM
    Location: GALLERY

    By Hamid Rahmanian
    With Katerina Stefanidi; Moderated by Renata Melillo-Townsend

    Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning artist based in New York. His ten-minute shadow play & discussion tells the story of a young girl whose dreams are bigger than her community’s social pressures and decrees. Read more

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  • Superhero Dress-Up Station
    Sunday, October 16 | 11 AM - 3 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Lauren Adler

    Featuring props and costumes from Greek myths and fun drop-in crafts!

  • Superheroes on the Go
    Sunday, October 16 | 11 AM - 3 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Michelle Angelosanto

    Collect materials for your own crafty creation, or grab our activity book to take home—because we know heroes can be busy!

  • My Hero Stands for…
    Sunday, October 16 | 11 AM - 3 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Contribute to our public art installation by telling us what your ideal heroes would stand for.

  • Superhero Challenges
    Sunday, October 16 | 11 AM - 3 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    With Efi Latifi, Andrew Siebengartner, and Panayotis League

    Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Our in-house heroes will test your abilities with special challenges that include finding your way out of Daedalus’s labyrinth, or breaking into an Orpheus-worthy song! Complete three tasks and win a prize! (Though the best prize, as any superhero will tell you, is a job well done.) All of our teaching artists speak both Greek and English.

  • Interactive Storytelling with Elizabeth Simmons
    Sunday, October 16 | 11 - 11:25 AM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Actor-educator Elizabeth Simmons leads an interactive performance that tells the story of Penelope from the Odyssey, with references to Antigone.

  • Movement with Meredith Akins
    Sunday, October 16 | 12 - 12:25 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Dancer and choreographer Meredith Akins leads a movement program in which children can physicalize Greek heroes and heroines such as the Amazons, Atalanta, Antigone, Heracles, and Theseus, and then develop their own heroes and heroines.

  • Antigone in Ferguson
    Off-Site
    Saturday, September 17
    Location: Wellspring Church; Ferguson; Missouri

    Co-presented by Outside the Wire, the PopTech Institute, and the Onassis Foundation USA

    Antigone in Ferguson is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone. Read more

  • The Hero’s Song with Magda Giannikou
    Sunday, October 16 | 1 - 1:45 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Join Magda Giannikou, Andres Rotmistrovsky, and Panayotis League for an interactive musical performance! Create your own musical instrument, sing songs from all over the world, become part of the performance, and be your own hero!

  • Stand Up and Dance!
    With Soul Steps
    Sunday, October 16 | 2 - 2:45 PM
    Location: ATRIUM

    Prepare to move in this high-energy, interactive, nonstop dance explosion of powerful stomps, accented claps, and Zeus-like, thunderous, syncopated beats enjoyable for the entire family.

  • Talk: Isabelle Huppert
    Off-Site Event
    Saturday, September 17 | 5 - 6 PM
    Location: BAM Hillman Attic Studio

    Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

    Moderated by Simon Critchley
    Part of Onassis Programs at BAM
    In conjunction with Phaedra(s)
    $25; $12.50 for BAM members

    Isabelle Huppert speaks with philosopher Simon Critchley about the controversial heroine, Phaedra, and the multiple interpretations—from Seneca to Kane to Mouawad—that make up this fall’s presentation of Phaedra(s).

  • Phaedra Interpreted
    Off-Site Event
    Sunday, September 18 | 11 AM
    Location: Borough Hall Courtroom; Brooklyn

    Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

    With Charles Mee and Caridad Svich
    Moderated by Kaneza Schaal
    A program of the Brooklyn Book Festival
    Part of Onassis Programs at BAM
    Free

    Playwrights Charles Mee and Caridad Svich examine how the myth of Phaedra has been reinterpreted across artistic media to reflect contemporary society—and the timeless truths it continues to reveal—in a conversation moderated by theater artist Kaneza Schaal.

  • On Death
    Off-Site Event
    Thursday, September 22 (post-show)
    Location: BAM Fisher Lower Lobby

    Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

    In conjunction with The Undertaking
    With Simon Critchley
    Part of Onassis Programs at BAM
    Free for same-day ticket holders

    Philosopher Simon Critchley talks about death and the afterlife over drinks with audience members in this informal discussion sparked by The Civilians’ new play, The Undertaking, and Critchley’s own inquiries into the subject in his books Memory Theater and The Book of Dead Philosophers.

  • Modern-Day Antigones
    Wednesday, October 5 I 7 PM
    Location: New York Public Library

    Co-presented by LIVE from the NYPL and the Onassis Cultural Center New York

    The original Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting unabashedly for what they believe. To celebrate these heroes, the Onassis Cultural Center New York and LIVE from the NYPL invite Mona Eltahawy to the stage. Read more

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  • #iSTANDfor Global Digital Campaign

    Join the conersation at istandfor.net

    Launched by the Onassis Foundation USA on the occasion of the Antigone Now Festival

    Inspired by the story of Antigone, the #iSTANDfor campaign and website aim to encourage young people around the world to engage with each other in order to support common causes—whether social, economic, or environmental—and share stories of inspiration and change via their social media channels. Read more