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« There are more things in heaven and hearth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. » William Shakespeare


When I start a new creation, I first look for the right terrain: where do the Karamazov brothers, Woyzeck or Antigone live today? Who can understand – not abstractly, but through direct experience – the trajectory of Agamemnon or that of Ophelia? To stage Hamlet, I approached people with an experience that psychiatry defines as ‘psychotic’: hearing voices, split personality, perception disorders, memory loss. Since the invisible is the central ‘theme’ of the play – in a musical sense – I decided to work with a group open to this dimension.

This kind of work requires a long period of immersion, almost approaching ethnography. Our goal? To construct a dramaturgical score based on resonances and lines of tension between the medieval sources of Baroque theater and the memories – individual and collective – of the people on stage. Shakespeare says it clearly: theater exists to hold up a mirror to human nature, and to cast a glance at ourselves. In this sense, it is certainly a place of truth. One of the last, perhaps?


Study on Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Directed by / Luca Giacomoni
Translation / Jean-Michel Déprats Dramaturgy / Sarah Di Bella
With / Olivier Constant, Laure Darras, Valérie Dréville, Élodie Franques, Tarik Kariouh, Nathalie Morazin, Serge Nail, Vicente Olivier, Édouard Penaud, Fabrice Pesle, Louis Plesse, Quentin Vernede
Assistant directors / Paola Pelagalli, Leïla Blier
In collaboration with / Agnès Adam and Giuseppina Comito
Knife dance / Davide Monaco
Costumes / Cécile Laborda
Props / Jacopo Leone
Lighting design / Bartolo Filippone

Production Why Theatre / In partnership with the GHU Paris Psychiatry and Neurosciences / Co-production by Monfort Théâtre (Paris) and Festival d’Automne à Paris / With the support of Île-de-France Region, City of Paris, DRAC Île-de-France, Meyer Foundation for Cultural and Artistic Development, Fondation de France, Humanités, Digital et Numérique Foundation, L’Accompagnatrice Foundation / With the participation of the Jeune Théâtre National (Paris) / Creative residencies at Nouveau Gare au Théâtre (Vitry-sur-Seine), at Monfort Théâtre (Paris), at Le Préau, CDN de Normandie-Vire, at La Villette (Paris), at Carreau du Temple (Paris), at T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers CDN, at Ménagerie de Verre (Paris)

Duration : 2h15

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