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Search: Hamlet (Kronborg Castle) (Ong, 2002)

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Search: Hamlet (Kronborg Castle)

Search: Hamlet centres around an absent Hamlet. Each participant enters a dialogue that develops and interprets the contemporary search for Hamlet in their cultures and communities today. Consists of two halves, first half: divided tours of spaces in Kronborg Castle with solo performances, second half dance drama at outer courtyard.

Performers: Carlotta Ikeda (Ghost) – Butoh dancer and choreographer from Japan, I Wayan Dibia (Claudius) – Mask dancer from Bali, Indonesia, Pichet Klunchun (Gertrude) – Thai classical dancer from Bangkok, Thailand, Dicte (Ophelia) – Pop-rock composer and vocalist from Copenhagen, Denmark, Ann Crosset (Polonius / Grave-digger / Rosencrantz) – Dance performer from US, Aida Redza (Laertes) – Contemporary Martial Arts dancer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kota Yamazaki (Horatio) – Contemporary dancer from Tokyo, Japan, Charlotte Engelkes (Storyteller / Gravedigger / Guildenstern) – Performer from Stockholm, Sweden, and I Wayan Sadra (contemporary gamelan musician from Solo, Indonesia) leading an ensemble of Gamelan percussion and saxophonist from Indonesia and Japan.
Translator / Scriptwriter: Ong Keng Sen and Cast members
Producer: Theatreworks and FACE to FACE

Designers: Wu Wen Guang (documentary film maker from Beijing, China), Set Designer – Justin Hill (Australia-Singapore), Lighting Designer – Jesper Kongshaug (Denmark), and Costume Designer – Koji Hamai (Japan)

Search: Hamlet (Kronborg Castle)


Search for Hamlet in China

Video was projected in the background during Ong Keng Sen’s staging of Search: Hamlet in 2002.  more

Video was projected in the background during Ong Keng Sen’s staging of Search: Hamlet in 2002.


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  • Beccca Williams says:

    I thought that this was a very interesting interpretation of Hamlet. To me, it seemed to be Hamlet, the musical, while staying entirely true to Shakespeare. I think that this interpretation made the play more dramatic because of the lighting and the dance movement, it seemed extremely moving.

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