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French vibe at the Barbican Centre

France, renown as a cultural country, will be honoured as Atout France will host a VIP evening at the Barbican Centre on Wednesday the 11th of March.
Atout France has announced that they have partnered with the Barbican Centre and Nice Convention bureau to be the Official sponsor of an exclusive post-performance dinner on 11th March to celebrate the production of Antigone at the Barbican Theatre, London, which runs from 4th-28th March, 2015.

Celebrated on both stage and screen, French actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in this contemporary version of Sophokles's tragedy, translated afresh by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson. Oscar award winning (The English Patient, 1996, Best Supporting Actress) Parisian Juliette Binoche is a wonderful ambassador for France, making Atout France’s association meaningful and appropriate as the body responsible for promoting tourism in France. 

When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say ‘No’. Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.

Renowned for the revelatory nature of his work, director Ivo van Hove first enthralled London audiences with his ground-breaking Roman Tragedies seen at the Barbican in 2009. Drawing on his 'ability to break open texts calcified by tradition' (Guardian), van Hove now turns to a classic Greek masterpiece. 

Atout France & the Nice Convention Bureau will entertain their guests at the exclusive dinner post-performance, which will be attended by Ms. Binoche along with key friends and supporters of the Barbican. Atout France will also have a brand presence at the event.

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