Hamletmachine

A site-specific promenade performance in an unused warehouse on Tanner Street as part of Ugly Duck’s latest creative season, London 2016.

In July 2016 Collide presented Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine. We invited audiences to walk through the pieces of a broken civilisation and experience a grotesque wasteland full of beauty and cruelty. The human body stands at its centre – fragile and yet capable of extreme destruction and pain.

We live in a time when Europe is facing all sorts of crises – economic, political, social, humanitarian ones – governments are busy burying these problems rather than facing them with actual solutions, and young people do not know which way to go. For Müller’s Hamlet to be a machine is to be free of cultural and personal memory, to feel no pain, to have no thoughts. With a disturbing energy Müller writes of the “ruins of Europe,” for a revolution that both reduces and elevates humans to machines. Hamletmachine is a harrowing portrait of the aftermath of a war, of life under crisis.

This provocative site-specific production invited audiences to enter a diseased crumbling world, and to experience the struggle for a new unspoiled one.Hamletmachine was a site-specific promenade performance in an unused warehouse on Tanner Street as part of Ugly Duck’s latest creative season, London 2016.

Creative team:

Director: Emily Louizou

Designers: Alegia Papageorgiou, Greta Landers

Music Composer: David Denyer

Producer: Rachel Horowitz

Marketing: Ines Aparicio

Movement: Hanna Junti & Ioli Filippakopoulou

Lighting Design: Daniel English

Video & Photography: Florence Knoyle

Translator: Marc von Henning

Cast:

Ava Pickett, Alexandra Sinclair, Susan Hoffman, Jordan Matthews, Jamie Spindlove, Ollie West, Max Davey, Chris Szuca