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The Castle of Holstebro

The Castle of Holstebro

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The Castle of Holstebro
A performance by Odin Teatret (1990 - )

The sequence in Hamlet which begins with the dialogue of the grave diggers and
concludes with the outburst of the Prince against Laertes has two more protagonists:
Yorick and Ophelia, the skull of the jester and the maid from whose flesh violets
will grow. Two invisible characters; the others speak about them and show
their lifeless remains on the stage.
But the weeping of the nobles and the disenchanted song of the buffoons will be
distinguished and the fury of history will roll away, leaving deserted and silent that
moorland by the North Sea which human beings have turned into a cemetery.
Then Yorick and Ophelia will celebrate their wedding in the moonlight: serene and
incestuous wedding of the Mother with the Child, of the Father with the Daughter,
of the Old Man with the Virgin.

Does Death, a grotesque Don Juan, seduce the girl, as in a Holbein etching? Or
does the woman feed the child Death at her breast, nurturing it through the wheel
of rebirth.

Is this, then, what The Castle of Holstebro, a joyful performance, is about?

Theatre director: Eugenio Barba
Theatre Manuscript: Julia Varley and Eugenio Barba
Film director: Peter Sykes
Production manager: Felicity Sykes
Photographers: Mark Howe
Photogapher assistant: Leo Sykes
Editor: Steve Whettam & Matthew Tune
Sound: Vagn Groth
Actor: Julia Varley.
Co-produced by Peter Sykes Associates and Odin Teatret Film. 55 min. Colour. 1994.


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