In continuation of her work revisiting classic stories Dada Masilo’s new performance HAMLET, will premiere in 2024.
The choreographer, whose HAMLET is set in urban South Africa, will transform Shakespeare’s wordiest play into an accessible performance with dance, music and text. The majority of the words will be eliminated and the timeless themes of deceiving appearances, lies and betrayal will come to the forefront.
Masilo invariably employs androgyny and gender fluidity in her works. Like in Shakespeare’s time men will play women’s roles and in this more contemporary interpretation some men’s roles will be played by women, all with acoustic music.
Masilo says ‘Hamlet is a dark work, but within that, there is dark humour’…
By Dada Masilo
Featuring Bessie Award-Winner Albert Khoza as Gertrude; Ann Masina (vocals),
Leroy Mapholo (violin) and Mpho Mothiba (percussion); introducing Aphiwe Dike as
Hamlet; with Dada Masilo as Ophelia; and 10 dancers of the company
photo © John Hogg