Otelo (Othello)

Bittencourt, Jefferson 2014

OTELO, an adaptation of the play Othello written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), is a new production from Persona Cia de Teatro, based in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The premiere took place in 2014, the year in which the 450th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest writers of the world was celebrated worldwide. The show Otelo was awarded the Prêmio Funarte Myriam Muniz 2013, in the ensemble category and the Prêmio Elisabete Anderle de Estímulo à Cultura 2013, by the Fundação Catarinense de Cultura. The show tells the story of Othello, the president of an important company, who is led into the trap of his secretary, Iara. Read More

O Principe da Dinamarca (The Prince of Denmark)

Brandini, Ângelo 2011

In their third adaption of Shakespeare, Cia Vagalum Tum Tum transforms Hamlet into a comedy for young audiences in O Principe da Dinamarca.  The action takes place in an abandoned graveyard where two amusing grave diggers, called “To Be” or “Not To Be”, decide to relive the story of the Prince of Denmark. The subject of death in the form of murders, suicide and violent revenge is treated humorously: all characters are dead and it is their skeletons that tell and enact the story of a prince who wants to revenge his father’s death. Blending elements of clowning,  the humorous skeletons dance, play instruments, sing and perform. Read More

Bruxas da Escócia (The Witches of Scotland)

Brandini, Ângelo 2014

Bruxas da Escócia (The Witches from Scotland) is Vagalum Tum Tum Theatre Company’s fourth stage adaptation of Shakespeare for children. In the same approach of Vagalum’s earlier comedic adaptations, Bruxas da Ecócia amalgamates physical theatre, clowning and, Commedia dell’Arte techniques with Shakespeare’s narrative. In acrobatic numbers, clowns enact and embody Shakespeare’s play physically so that it communicates easily with a young audience. Macbeth is a clumsy and irresolute general married to a very determined and scheming Lady Macbeth. The actors explore the double side of the protagonist well: brave and coward; ambitious and yet hesitant to succumb to evil. Moving up from the title of The King’s Best Friend to Monarch, Macbeth suffers through some shameful and humorous situations. The tragic elements of Shakespeare’s text are transformed through the lens of the clown and yet retain the fundamental themes of the source text. Macbeth’s victims are catapulted to their deaths, the forest moves and is treated as a character and the vibrant music, composed by Fernando Escrich, is played and sung onstage by Vagalum’s resourceful actors. Read More

O Bobo do Rei (The King’s Fool)

Brandini, Ângelo 2010

O Bobo do Rei (The King’s Fool) transposes the tragic elements from King Lear into Commedia dell’Arte Stock characters. King Lear carries characteristics of the old cantankerous Pantalone, but also displays the lyricism of of an aged man who has to overcome his biggest tribulation yet to reach wisdom. Goneril and Reagan become female Brighellas, scheming and vindictive. Cordelia is performed in the style of the romantic Inamoratti. The court jester is Arlequino, intelligent and witty enough to pass as fool, the fool is the voice of wisdom and truth. The story is told from his perspective. Read More

Ur-Hamlet

Barba, Eugenio 2006

Ur-Hamlet is a multicultural project by Odin Teatret: a performance that brings together the Odin Teatret ensemble, a group of actor-dancers from Bali, Japan, Brazil, musicians from different parts of the world, and a long-term pedagogical project for young trainees from all over the world. Read More

Noche de Reyes (Twelfth Night)

Azurmendi, Jorge 2011

Courtesy of FUNDACIÓN SHAKESPEARE ARGENTINA

Rabieta Productions presents Noche de Reyes – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Adaptation and directed by Jorge Azurmendi

Cast (in order of appearance)

Mike Zubi (Singer)
Germán Tripel as Orsino
Leandro Bassano as Valentín
Santiago Almaraz as attendant
Nahuel Smith as attendant
Florencia Otero as Viola
Andrés Espinel as Sea Captain
Rita Terranova as Sir Toby
Ana María Castel as Maria
Rafael Aieta as Sir Andrew
Melania Lenoir as Feste, a Clown
Laura Azcurra as Olivia
Luz Kerz as Malvolio
Sebastián Suñe as Antonio
Felipe Colombo as Sebastian
Nicolás Larrain as Fabian

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Hamlet/La Metamorfosis

Rivas, Carlos 2011

In 2011, Carlos Rivas directed the production Hamlet/La Metamorfosis which starred awarding winning actress Gabriela Toscano as the melancholy prince driven to seek revenge for his father who visits Hamlet from beyond the grave to tell a treacherous tale about Hamlet’s uncle, the new king. Read More