THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOKLES.
THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOKLES.
THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOKLES.

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THE ANTIGONE OF SOPHOKLES.

Poster + original artwork promoting The Living Theatre's production of 'Antigone' at the Roundhouse, north London, June 1969. Designed and produced by Bill Levy. Poster printed in black ink on thin card stock. 43.2x62cm. Bordered on two sides by reproductions of old magazine ads. and featuring a central photo-image of a mixed media assemblage by Barry Hall, co-founder of the Goliard Press.

Together with: the original photo-reproduction of the assemblage, mounted on thick card, signed on the verso by Hall and dated 1967. 56x41cm.

The poster was met with extreme displeasure by Judith Malina, who forbade its use, though the reason for her disapproval is unclear. It's known that Malina detested men who abused women and she may have taken offence at the assemblage's inclusion of an image of a semi-naked woman, bound and gagged (the photograph was taken from the sequence illustrating Raymond Durgnat's article, "Understanding Kinkery", in IT #22 [item #50]).

Nevertheless, in Brazil in the following year, Malina herself participated in the sadistic proclivities of her lover, Osvaldo de la Vega (a member of the Argentinian theatre group Los Lobos), and during this period she often discussed the theories of Sacher-Masoch with Julian Beck and the company during rehearsals (both Malina and Beck believed sexual liberation was key to the revolutionary overthrow of patriarchal domination and submission).

Poster fine; original artwork Near Fine; card mount corner-bumped and slightly worn.

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