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Hamlet

Synopsis
A Brazilian version of Hamlet directed by Marcelo Marchioro. The play explores contemporary political and ideological issues and, coincidentally, premièred on 20th August 1992, one month before the impeachment of Fernando Collor de Mello, the first president elected directly by the people after the end of the Brazilian military government. To portray the nation’s state of political degradation, the director and set designer created a muddy set with numerous blood pools, as well as pieces of junk scattered around. The director positioned big, original Petrobrás oil barrels, painted green, white and blue (the colours of the Brazilian flag), to suggest the parapets of the castle and provide a link between the issues in the appropriated classic text and the local, prevailing circumstances. The dark and grotesque atmosphere created discomfort among the spectators who were invited to see the implications of the comparison between Elsinore and Brazil - "There is something rotten in the state of Denmark" which was understood to be Brazil.
Language
Portuguese (Brazil)
Country
Brazil
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
1992
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Marcelo Marchioro
Production Design
Tony Silveira
Costume
Tony Silveira
Cast
Joelson MedeirosHamlet
Zeca CenoviczClaudius
Regina BastosGertrude
Gô KusterPolonius
Giovana SoarOphelia 1 (Ophelia)
Alessandro CavazzaniVoltemand
Alessandro CavazzaniCaptain
Alessandro CavazzaniAngel
Alessandro CavazzaniPlayer
Alessandro CavazzaniOsric
Alvaro BittencourtHoratio
Edson RochaRosencrantz
Edson RochaMarcellus
Gô KusterGravedigger (1)
Luciano GonzagaFortinbras
Luciano GonzagaReynaldo
Luciano GonzagaCornelius
Luiz Henrique de NadalServant
Luiz Henrique de NadalAmbassador
Luiz Henrique de NadalPrologue
Luiz Henrique de NadalSailor
Luiz Henrique de NadalBarnardo
Marcio MattanaLaertes
Ranieri GonzalezGuildenstern
Ranieri GonzalezGentleman
Ranieri GonzalezGravedigger (2)
Sansores FrançaPlayer King
Sansores FrançaGhost

Additional Details

Theatre company
São Lourenço Park, Curitiba, Brazil
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
politics; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The production of Hamlet was part of a larger project i conceived by the Brazilian director Marcelo Marchioro, in Curitiba PR, entitled "Shakespeare in the Park", which aimed at popularising Shakespeare for Brazilian audiences.
History
The production premiered 20 August 1992.
Stills
The large auditorium situated in São Lourenço Park, was re-modeled for the production, with the creation of a re-mediated Elizabethan stage.
Textual information
Celina Alvetti is dramaturg. Translation: Anna Amélia Carneiro de Mendonça

Archive

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