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Enter Hamlet

2022

There is not one single reading of Hamlet; Enter Hamlet is a multimedia piece for one actor, a play of ghosts, by whom the titled hero is surrounded and whom he is both running away from and chasing after. The plot centers around Hamlet’s quest for peace and a sense of belonging, as he is recollecting the main events of his life, in constant dialogue with his past. The character moves from place to place –a train, a deserted city square, a ballroom—among others, where he meets with random people, variously identifying in them family members, friends, lovers and rivals, as he moves forward towards an inevitable end. The illusion of movement and progression is captured in a series of fleeting visual impressions, while Hamlet becomes a lens through which we experience the intensity of familial betrayal, insatiable sexual desire, self-sabotage, relentless introspection and a refusal to let go. Whether Hamlet is a depressed good-for-nothing, an intellectual visionary or a whimsical (anti) hero is not the really the issue here: he morphs from one persona to the other, a victim and a victimizer, in his wavering between utopic delusion and pragmatism. Building on the existentialist outlook of the original, the play contemporizes its perennially philosophical interrogations, and also features an episodic structure with a pseudoAristotelian ending, clearly suggesting that where one sees an end, one should also trace beginnings.

The solo multimedia production by Athens-based Persona Theatre Company brings one actor right at the middle of the stage, enclosed in his past memories as represented by three screens, projecting key moments of his life as well as landscapes of the title character’s mind. These places –remembered, imagined and anticipated— are gradually taking over and Hamlet is swept into this world of ghosts, which he finally embraces in an act of (intermedial) catharsis.

 A vocalist accompanies the actor performing Hamlet onstage, embodying—through experimental controlled improvisations— the wide range of characters, thoughts and visions with which the protagonist is in constant dialogue.

 

The Team

Written and Directed by Avra Sidiropoulou
Set-Video-Costume Design by Emmanouela Vogiatzaki-Krukowski
Musical Composition by Vanias Apergis
Performed by Elena Pellone
Vocalist-Performer: Muriel Louveau
Assistants Director: Julia Kogkou, Katia Makrykosta
Literary Consultant: Gilda Tentorio


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