|Wooster Group’s latest production ‘Hamlet’ is based – as they describe it themselve – on the reversal of Richard Burton’s Hamlet (1964), which was based on the idea of transferring a Broadway Production to cinema. But here they now rewind the process into an editing of the existing film to extract fragmentic pieces for construction of a hypothetical theater piece. They compare their process to the excavation of an archaelogist, who deduces from a collection of fragments the potential form of an entire object and state. Although the attempt of this form of re-production is to catch the ghosts of the legendary performance, the actors lapse into a kind of madness and exchange their spirit with those of the other pre-exsisting ghosts.|
One of the most striking scenes in this sense of deconstructing the conventions of theatre – beneath Shakepeare’s own comments in the original text – was the staging of the re-enactment of the murder scene, which now not only became a theater staging within the piece, but within the re-enactment of the entire complex process and intertwinement of replay and re-staging.
The Wooster Group re-enacts ….. Richard Burton’s Hamlet …………………….
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..and … if it comes to a theater near you – I just can advice you to go, to see that intelligently done performance piece of (re)mediation.