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Гамлет.Вавілон (Hamlet.Babylon)
Duration in minutes:
Ukrainian-English, Ukrainian-French, Ukrainian-Polish
German (for Ukrainian-English)
Total number of performers:
Theatrical form (Opera, Performance, Instrumental Theatre, Other):
Stage form:
Black Box

Project description:
«Hamlet_Babylon» is based on different interpretations of Shakespeare’s «Hamlet» in context of modern multimedia space. This play is a synthesis of two diametrical concepts. Traditional West-European understanding of the theater is mixed with East- European innovative approach. Hamlet’s insanity is reflected through video installations – a virtual world, where life is more intense than in a real one. The main hero of «Hamlet_Babylon» struggles with himself and his addiction to escape reality, he is searching for a shelter called «Home» and eventually loses himself as a personality and individual. Hamlet falls a victim of personal clones, avatars and of total irresponsibility for his own life. The only thing is left - is vengeance. Vengeance to his parents, to his ancestors, but first of all to himself. For making him who he is - a modern implementation of failure of a man. The main core of the play is Danish pilgrim travelling through different countries and – in frames of the play – speaking a language of a land he comes to. He is constantly searching for a home – a place to put down roots, but he leaves only ashes behind.» The music for this play was specially written by Alexey Retinsky. It comprises Ukrainian folklore air and contemporary chamber music.
Responsible institution, ensemble or person:
Oleksii Retinskyi, Dmytro Kostiumynskyi, Dmytro Kostiumynskyi

Oleksii Retinskyi
Author of text:
Kateryna Babkina
Based on text by:
William Shakespeare, Heiner Muller
Stage director:
Dmytro Kostiumynskyi
Stage designer:
Dmytro Kostiumynskyi, Maksym Poberezhskyi, Oleksii Tishchenko
Maksym Poberezhskyi, Oleksii Tishchenko
Lightning design:
Mariya Volkova

Date of first performance:
Producers; Co-Producers:
Dollmen group; Koerpus Animus

Year of MTN:
Music Theatre Now, Musiktheater, Videokunst
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