HAMLET

 

2021

Concept by Dewey Dell
With: Ivan Björn Ekemark, Dylan Guzowski, Layton Lachman
Choreography: Teodora Castellucci
Choreographic research assistance: Ian Kaler
Original music: Demetrio Castellucci
Set and Lights by Transforma: Luke Bennet, Baris Hasselbach, Simon Krahl
Video: Clio Casadei
Costume design and creation: Guoda Jaruševičiūte
Masks design: Thom Roberts – Studio A
Masks realization: Vito Matera
Sculpture: Matteo Lucca
Production and care: Agata Castellucci 
Project management and administration: Raquel Moreira
Graphic design: Clio Casadei
Video documentation: Ilaria di Carlo
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (German Cultural Capital Fund)
Coproductions: Dewey Dell, Tanzfabrik Berlin (supported by Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten)
 
 

An essential aspect of being human is one of being born from others. From others we inherit our origins, our names and our gender. In the same way that animals do, we discover life by developing an imitative relationship with those are around us. The human children though, at a certain point in their lives, must let go those original models and set themselves free from what the others had in mind for them. If this would not happen the young person’s life would be consumed in a breathless attempt at fitting within a picture that has never been their own.

The character of Hamlet in the tragedy by Shakespeare seems lost and immobilised by the order to avenge his father’s murder. Hamlet cannot fulfil his father wish until the very end of the tragedy and for the majority of the drama he is unable to take action. The idea around which this show unfolds is the son’s profoundly human inability of doing.

The choreographic research of the work moved close to the concept of corporeity that the trance rites of possession all around the world have in common, without any intention of appropriation towards none of these religious practices. In the type of possession that generate a clear, incisive separation between the possessed person and the divinity, rather than a mystical union of the two, we encounter a condition of the body that is indeed very similar to Hamlet’s mental one. In order to give their own body to someone else who will enter and ride it from within, the possessed person must before become nothing but a container, a tunic of skin (the word “dress” in latin Habitus means ‘way to be’) that will be worn by someone else. This complete abnegation of the self brings the possessed person to forget the ability of existing: feeling themselves, making any decisions and being. This radical notion of embodiment has been extremely important in the creation of this work.

Sculpture by Matteo Lucca; bread with consolidation treatment, 2017