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Amleto, La Veemente Esteriorità Della Morte di un Mollusco

Alternative title
Hamlet, The Vehement Externalism of a Mollusc’s Death
Synopsis
A re-interpretation and deconstruction of Hamlet by Renato Castellucci. Amleto has only one performer, a child, who recites extracts of text, only one of which is recognisably from Hamlet. It is a study of autism and is divided into five sections - the first four corresponding to characters from Hamlet with a matching stuffed and filthy toy. 1. Hamlet and the father with the stuffed bear. 2. Hamlet and Horatio with a stuffed parrot. 3. Hamlet and Ophelia with the talking doll. 4. Hamlet and the mother with a stuffed kangaroo. Part 5 is Hamlet and his death. The bear can be seen to represent an impressive authority figure, the parrot echoes what Hamlet says, and the doll is fed with a spoon symbolising Ophelia’s infantilised state. Hamlet’s kangaroo-mother (complete with baby in pouch which Hamlet throws away) is subjected to a violent interrogation by Hamlet with her head stuck through the springs of a bare bed frame, a frame which Hamlet later connects to an electrical circuit causing it to glow.
Language
English
Country
France
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
Nov 2004
Duration
80 mins

Credits

Director
Romeo Castellucci
Music
Claudia Castellucci
Cast
Paul TontiHamlet
Paul TontiHoratio

Additional Details

Theatre
Ateliers Berthier
Theatre company
Societas Raffaello Sanzio
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The actor Paolo Tonti is not himself autistic.
History
First produced by the Societas Raffaello Sanzio at Modena, February 1992. The video recording catalogued is from a performance at the Ateliers Berthier in November 2004 as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Stills
The stage is divided into sections by wires and car batteries.
Reviews
For an excellent and detailed analysis of the work see Escolme, Bridget. Talking to the Audience: Shakespeare, Performance, Self. (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2005). p. 141-3.

Archive

Name

Odéon Théâtre de L’Europe

Contact
Juliette Caron
Web
http://www.theatre-odeon.eu External site opens in new window
Phone
+33 1 44 85 40 12
Address
Multimedia Library
2 Rue Corneille
75006 Paris
France

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