In «Hamlet», author and director Boris Nikitin rewrites the most famous of all theatre pieces and transforms it into a contemporary performance. Using Shakespeare’s material, he reflects on identity, individuality, delusion and reality. It is all about poetic revolt: raw, confrontational, anti-social. In a mixture of experimental documentary performance and queer music-theatre, the performer and electro-musician Julia*n Meding takes on the role of a contemporary Hamlet, rebelling against reality. He is supported by «The Musical Garden», an award-winning string quartet from Basel.
After having toured in Europe and South America, Niktin’s experimental music-theatre «Hamlet» will now set off to South Africa. The production will be part of the opening shows of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on 28 June and play on until 30 June. Afterwards, it will travel on to Cape Town, where it can be seen on 4 and 5 July in the Little Theatre.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, ZOO/Thomas Hauert will also be touring in South Africa and Mozambique. His production «Há mais» («There’s more») was created in 2002 together with five Mozambique dancers, who today represent the cream of Mozambique’s contemporary dance scene. They have chosen twelve traditional dances and have distilled from them their basic motifs incorporating them into a new entity. The result is a wide variety of movements performed with staggering virtuosity. «Há mais» will be performed in Maputo at CCFM on 28 and 29 June. Later it can be seen at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa: twice on the 3rd of July and once on the 4th.
More information: Pro Helvetia Johannesburg