Photo by Antonio Barrella

I never think of Siracusa like a case. Especially if a young, brilliant director like Eugenio Durante was born there. His father a businessman, his mother a teacher, a beloved sister. And a passion for symbols and their interpretation, even though, when shaking my hand, he defines himself as ”a Pisces”.

A passion that he has brought to his theatre and even more to his show "4NT1GØN3".

He learnt about theatre as a child, in the laboratory run by his junior high school. For 3 years, that became his home: a true place where he could be happy. Even in the only line he had in his first show. He still remembers the desire to get on stage, and his words: «Theatre is being happy, I can be happy». That is where he encountered Antigone by Sophocles for the first time, acting the part of Creon.

He was transfixed. He moved to Rome where he took part in an Experimental Theatre course that encouraged him to dedicate his future to directing. He had never directed a show or studied how to do it, but he followed his instinct and in 2013 he directed a theatre adaptation of “Vangelo secondo Gesù” (Gospel according to Jesus) by Saramago and "Leggerissima Pesantezza" (Lightest Heaviness). He has done other things as well as theatre, creating and presenting shows such as "Sformat” and “the Match”, producing his first short film as a director "La Vita Dopo” (The Life After) and presenting the singing talent show "Glamorize Top Voice” and the "Eighteen Fest" in Rome. But his thought always goes back to Antigone.

The idea came to him in a dream, after seeing a classical version that left him dissatisfied. I say in a dream, because he started to dream the scenes, one after another. Until he created “4NT1GØN3”, a show in a post-modern setting, with a complex, destabilising script. The protagonist is no longer Sophocles’ heroine but a Creon divided into two figures, male and female, precise, daring symbols in an exhausting, vicious fight.

In the background, references to 1984 by Orwell and music from the films by Danny Boyle.

An interpretation crowned with success: the show won the prizes for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Show.

The story has been written by Ida Amlesù, writer.