Hector Alvarez

Héctor Alvarez, a visiting professor of theatre and the Theodore U. Horger '61 Endowed Artist-in-Residence for the Performing and Visual Arts at Lehigh. Photo by Christine Kreschollek.

Horger Artist to Bring Avant-Garde Performance to Lehigh’s Stage

Héctor Alvarez will direct a performance of “Antigonick,” a version of the Greek tragedy “Antigone.”

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Héctor Alvarez will direct a performance of “Antigonick,” a contemporary take on Sophocles’ “Antigone,” by poet and classics scholar Ann Carson later this month.

The play will run Feb. 28 to March 3 at Zoellner Arts Center.

The current Theodore U. Horger ’61 Endowed Artist-in-Residence for the Performing and Visual Arts at Lehigh, Alvarez completed his MFA in directing at the California Institute of the Arts last year, but he’s been directing for almost a decade, including performances at Theatre Y and Still Point Theatre Collective, both in Chicago, Teatro Lucido in Mexico City and at The Hangar in Ithaca. Born in Spain and most recently from Los Angeles, Alvarez is inspired by post-dramatic theater, avant-garde legacies and non-Western performance traditions.

“Antigone” was the first play Alvarez performed in English at the age of 16, playing the role of Haemon, Antigone’s doomed groom and the son of Antigone’s nemesis, Creon. The tragedy begins after Antigone has performed a ceremonial burial of a brother in a brazen defiance of an order from Creon.

Alvarez said the play carries contemporary significance because it raises the question of bodily autonomy.

Learn more about Alvarez and his work here.

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