Hamlet, Study of Love and Madness
in the Works of William Shakespeare
Study on ‘Love and Madness’ is a piece of site specific art and theatre performance that question the dichotomous relation between reality and virtuality.
Based on this particular exploration, the character of Hamlet is splitted in two different entities: The Thinker and The Mad Man, which are performed by two different actors. While The Thinker fails ‘to be’ but succeed in challenging the reality, The Mad Man makes a statement of his existence through action, even if its actions are re-enacted within virtuality.
This relation is enhanced by the symbolic use of the real space: a derelict industrial site becomes the apocalyptical locus of Hamlet’s Denmark. Therefore, the audience breaks through space and time to witness and to fear the crashing of a kingdom.
A pretty bold experiment: the viewer is totally pulled out of the comfort zone; audience experienced ‘real’ cold, ‘real’ dust or quivering windows.
Virtuality emerges from the surreal embodiment of space by means of light and visual effects. Thus, a second reality is brought into being within the first.
What is particularly interesting about this staging of ‘Hamlet’ is the redefinition of the ‘nation’ within the principles of a narrative regarded as an ‘elitist tragedy’. People of Denmark are living in hunger and sickness in the proximity of the last island of life, which is the castle. Controlled by a demonic political mechanism, the alienated people of Denmark will attend to ruin the power and will succeed by bearing witness to power ruining itself. In the end there is nothing left to devour but the corpse of the mechanism…A symbolic anthropophagy for a new world.