Awkwardly related: The Oedipus/Antigone Project
Part choreo-play, part campsite tale, and part stumbling journey, Awkwardly Related: The Oedipus/Antigone Project, uses immigration forms, topographical maps, and an unstable relationship to the ground to question what happens to our psyches when we are in between homes. The evening-length choreography follows a fictional journey of two outcasts, Oedipus and Antigone, as they look for a way out of horrific circumstances, trying to maintain a sense of self while acknowledging that the gods are not on their side. Tragic times, such as these, call for Greek Tragedy. Told by a cast with multiple diasporic identities, Awkwardly Related questions displacement and exile, the need to run and the desire to land in relationship to our homelands. What happens when we are on the road either by choice or necessity, negotiating between the contour lines of imagined and concrete terrains? Together they struggle to protect each other within a civic code that confounds them. Navigational tools guide this father/daughter and/or brother/sister pairing away from a state ruled by a powerful few who disregard those who populate it.
Awkwardly Related: The Oedipus/Antigone Project is performed by Barry Brannum and Lionel Popkin, with live video design by Meena Murugesan, an original score by Aaron Drake, and lighting by Chris Kuhl. The work premieres in March 2019 in Los Angeles, CA at The Getty Villa.