CREW

Hamlet’s Playground

Back in the days of Hamlet the seven celestial spheres and their planets still revolved around the earth and the murder on the king –the Minister of God- made nature revolt. But just a few years later Shakespeare laughs off the influence of the stars and planets in King Lear and refers to it as ‘excellent foppery of the world’. In 1641, thirty-five years later, the king, once the representative of God, is sent to the gallows.

Corona put the performing arts on hold. Venues closed and switched to live streaming, cancelling the immediate connection between performer and audience. CREW elevates the online theatre experience to a new level. The futuristic production Hamlet’s Lunacy by Eric Joris and Mesut Arslan was transformed by Joris and his team into Hamlet’s Playground, a corona-proof interactive theatrical experience happening simultaneously live and online. Live actors guide the audience in a console game-like environment through various rooms, where historical documents and technology provide new insight in Hamlet’s conflict. The shift from a medieval to a pre-modern world view defines both Hamlet and his zeitgeist and for us it also contains the essence of Hamlet’s dilemma: How to act honourably (ethically) in a conflicting world?
We want to make that dilemma, that transition, ‘palpable’ by means of immersion: a juxtaposition of specific scenes from Hamlet and scientific and historical facts in combination with 3D-representations, Virtual Reality and theatrical elements with live enactments involving the audience.

Hamlet is hungry for revenge, but wants ‘insight’ into everything. Hamlet’s Lunacy draws parallels between Hamlet’s conflict and actual conflicts throughout the world. Whom and what are we supposed to believe in a world where lies go viral in a matter of seconds? As with Shakespeare’s Hamlet: doing nothing is also a way of assuming a position. Do you take up arms or stand down?

The performance takes place simultaneously in a physical VR installation at the Monty, the performance’s centre of command. Each performance a limited number of participants can walk through the installation on premise with a VR headset. Interested in participating physically? Send an email to reservatie@monty.be.

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Credits

Concept: CREW
by/with: Eric Joris, Mesut Arslan, Jerry Killick, Thomas Dudkiewicz, Benjamin Verhoeven
Web & VR/Mocap: Isjtar, Haryo Sukmawanto
Production: J.P.Deschepper
Coproduction: Kultuurfaktorij Monty,
In collaboration with Platform 0090, Urland

with thanks to all artists/collaborators of Hamlet’s Lunacy, the production on which Hamlet’s Playground is based:
Marijn Alexander De Jong, Nadia Babke, Paulette Smit, Jesse Van Der Heyden, Bram Van Der Kelen, Koen Van Kaam, Keez Duyves, Purni Morell, Chiel Kattenbelt, Robin Nelson, Aneta Mancewicz, Mia Vaerman, Karel Van Haesebroeck, Emanuel Tomozei, Koen Goossens, Joachim Bouvie, Sofie Revet