Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad
Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad / The Belgrade Drama Theatre / Budva Theater City Festival / Újvidéki Színház / Itaka Shakespeare festival
Directed by Nikita Milivojević
Choreography: Amalia Bennett
Costumes: Jelena Stokuća
Stage design: Nikita Milivojević, Željko Piškorić
Lighting design: Srđan Jovanović
Sound design: Vladimir Ognjenović
Duration: 90 min.
FROM THE REVIEWS
Macbeth, Shakespeare's short and fierce, macabre tragedy from the last phase of his creativity, is staged by the theatre director Nikita Milivojević in an unusually intense, dreamlike, visually, choreographically and musically impressive form.
From the plot of this "Scottish tragedy", in which the Grand Mechanism of History, established in historical plays, is repeated once again through sombre sensitivity and penetrating intuitiveness, the director extracts vivid poetic dimensions of meaning. A peculiar world of eerie lyric, mixed with traces of the grotesque, is consistently built on the stage. The elements of cabaret, pantomime, shadow theatre and dramatic theatre are skilfully interwoven and blended, subtly shaping an elusive and evasive world, an intermediate space between illusion and reality, dream and waking life, a world that is at the same time timeless, everlasting and contemporary (stage movement by Amalia Bennett, set design by Nikita Milivojević and Željko Piškorić, costume design by Jelena Stokuća).
Ana Tasić, Politika
WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR
Macbeth is the kind of challenge that the director prepares for for years, craves it and "fears" it at the same time (similar to Macbeth killing the King).
Among the various famous thoughts of Shakespeare, which are often quoted, the one that says ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep’, holds a special place. There are various interesting studies on the subject of Shakespeare and dreams in his plays. It is considered that of all Shakespeare's great tragedies, Macbeth is the most related to dreams (Freud also dealt with Macbeth). In this sense, this play was created as an exploration of dreams.
Considering that it is inspired by various dream images, I could say that the main character in the play is the Dream.
Macbeth says at one point: "…and nothing is but what is not." This wonderful thought struck me as something from which it is possible to interpret the whole play. From the moment the witches tell him the prophecy, reality becomes a nightmare for Macbeth. Everything that happens seems to be simply a product of his own darkened consciousness. Scenes seem to come from a dream: real and unreal, possible and impossible... The real and the fictitious mix, they become the edge of a knife that he treads on uncertainly all the time.
The world as an utterly nightmarish, chaotic, "unreal" place, I think is a fairly accurate diagnosis of everything we are currently experiencing.
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