What happens to us when we are in between homes? What happens when we are on the road either by choice or necessity, negotiating between the contour lines of imagined and concrete terrain? Choreographer Lionel Popkin’s The Oedipus/Antigone Project uses immigration forms, topographical maps, and an unstable relationship to the ground to approach these questions through intersections of story and myth, and the truths therein. The evening-length work 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. 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. Told by a cast with disparate diasporic identities, The Oedipus/Antigone Project questions displacement and exile today, alongside contemporary notions of homeland.
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, lighting by Chris Kuhl and sets and costumes by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. See the work in March 2019 in Los Angeles, CA at The Getty Villa.
Choreography: Lionel Popkin
Performed by: Barry Brannum and Lionel Popkin with Meena Murugesan
Original Score: Aaron Drake
Lighting Design: Chris Kuhl Video Design: Meena Murugesan
Set and Costumes: Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
Stills by Nicola Goode. Video still by Lionel Popkin