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Othelito

Synopsis
Stage recording of a comic version of Othello by Angelo Brandini. The main characters become commedia dell’arte archetypes: Othelito is the Captain, a fearful fellow who is always boasting his achievements. Brabantio becomes a Pantalone of sorts, a cantankerous old miser. Iago is Briguela, the crafty villain. Cassio and Desdemona are the Enamorados, typical romantic characters. With an emphasis on the figure of the clown, the plot unfolds amidst somersaults, cartwheels, slaps and falls. The masks of the commedia dell’arte receive a new twist, notably concerning the clownish eyebrows and noses. Brandini’s ludic recreation recontextualizes the tragic elements of Shakespeare’s plot into a performance that combines elements from the commedia dell’arte and Brazilian cultural practices such as capoeira and samba.
Language
Portuguese (Brazil)
Country
Brazil
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2007
Duration
55 mins

Credits

Director
Angelo Brandini
Writer
Angelo Brandini
Costume
Christiane Galvan; Luis Rossi
Cast
Anderson Spada 
Christiane Galvan 
Teresa Gontijo 
Val Pires 

Additional Details

Theatre company
Cia Vagalum Tum Tum
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Commedia dell’Arte; masks; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Children’s Theatre

Notes

Awards
Winner of the 11th British Council Theatre Festival: Best Children’s play.

Archive

Name

globalshakespeares.mit.edu

Email
globalshax-www@mit.edu
Web
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