Yohangza Theatre Company — Hamlet

12 Jul 2014

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Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT

 

This version of Hamlet by Yohangza Theater Company, whose many previous productions have combined an East Asian image with a strongly experimental flavor, conveys all the anger and sadness of Shakespeare's classic work through powerful stage design and a beautiful mis-en-scene.

Introducing the traditional Korean gut exorcism ceremony, the production creates a drama full of the conflict, confusion and tragedy of its vengeful, plotting characters. Against the background of a stage design that uses lines, colors and the beauty of empty space to convey a sophisticated sense of minimalism, Hamlet's anger and cold insanity at the truth of the destiny he faces reflect the inner workings of members of today's society.

Yohangza is a South Korean theatre company founded in 1997 by director/writer Yang Jung-Ung. Yohangza performances have struck a chord with both Korean and international audiences, and this energetic and young theatre company is quickly gaining a name for itself.

Distinctly Korean in flavor, Yohangza presents an exciting collision of the past and the present: a reworking of existing Korean styles and themes infused with contemporary elements and driven by a thirst for experimentation. The result is a compelling and fresh mix of energetic dance, voice and percussion interwoven with stories of Korean folklore, mythology and history. The company has been invited to various Shakespeare festivals and world arts centers in Australia, Cuba, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and the UK.

Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT