I Think It's Hamlet...

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This newest creation by the acclaimed Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative under the directorship of award winning choreographer PJ Sabbagha features a company of 10 dancers including the riveting Dada Masilo, Lulu Mlangeni, Ivan Teme, Songezo Mcillizeli and Nicholas Aphane.

The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative is funded by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and The National Arts Council


Directors Note:

"The work is a bit of “madness” inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A philosophically physical tangle on the mystery of our human experience. The impossibility of certainty, the complexity of action, the disease of inaction, the mystery of love, life and death and our relentless search for some kind of "truth". The work is nopt a retelling of the original narrative or a linear exploration of its characters. Instead it is an essay on our personal responses and interaction with the text, its themes, motifs ad symbols throught the lens of our contemporary experience azs individuals and artists. As contemporary artists I believe it is essential and unavoidable to look deeply and constantly at pressing social and personal issues. Hamlets pre-occupation with death and suicide, his desperation with trying to forge his future, his need to change his world and his endless existential probing speaks directly  to very contemporary personal, social and political issues. As always I find it impossible to avoid thinking around HIV and AIDS and Hamlet provides and opportunity to interrogate the psychological impacts of the disease on our experience." PJ Sabbagha

Below is a video compilation of excerpts from the Dance Umbrella Performance

Additional Info

  • Choreographer: PJ Sabbagha collaboratively with FATC Company & Interns
  • Venue/Time: The Wits Downstairs Theatre Feb 24, 25 & 26 @ 20:00
  • Title of Work: I Think It's Hamlet...
  • Music: Original Soundtrack by Nicho Aphane, Rum and Coca-Cola by Andrews Sisters
  • Costume Design: Courtney Watts & Adriano Giovanelli
  • Set Design: Courtney Watts & Adriano Giovanelli
  • Lighting Design: David Hlatshwayo
  • Director/Artistic Director: PJ Sabbagha
  • Dancers/Performers/Cast: FATC Company: Dada Masilo, Lulu Mlangeni, Songezi Mcilizeli, Ivan Teme, Nicho Aphane FATC Interns:Tsepho Zasekhaya, Thami Majela, Mocau Molate, Simphiwe Mbeguselwa, Tshiriletso Molambo
  • Video: Digital/Video Artist - Adriano Giovanelli
  • Other: none
  • Company: Forgotten Angle Theatre Company

Other Highlights

  • Fringe Programme: Saturday, February 26 from 14:00 @ The Wits Theatre: A programme of new works from young up and coming professional choreographers that will give you a view into the future!!
  • Stepping Stones a wonderful celebration of the wide diversity of South African dance!! Sunday, February 27 from 10:00 at the Wits Theatre.
  • Site Specific work by Alan Parker called Retrospective: Altered Daily: you will feel his presence all over the Dance Umbrella!!
  • Dance Writers Workshop: In partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa, a workshop for dance writers will be facilitated by Zingi Mkefa. Dance articles by the participants and other selected journalists will be written for The Citizen CitiVibe for the special Dance Umbrella 2011 editions!
  • Master Classes: a series of master classes facilitated by internationally renowned teacher/dancers, will take place during the Dance Umbrella: watch the press for more information!
  • DO WE NEED COCA COLA TO DANCE: A documentary about contemporary dance in Africa!! The Dance Factory: Sunday, February 27 @ 15:00. Created and produced by Qudus Onikeku from Nigeria.
  • Celebrating the life of Pina Bausch: A series of films about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch will be shown in partnership with the Goethe- Institut South Africa. Watch press for details!