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While Othello may be the single most famous black man on the Western stage, in Africa, hardly anybody has heard of him. In this fearless and radical reinvestigation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters, what begins as a playful conversation about the clichés surrounding Othello and Desdemona quickly evolves into a provocative confrontation between two cultures.
A mischievous but hard-hitting exchange featuring actors Cornelia Dörr and Franck Edmond Yao, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen’s frank and very human production won first prize at the 2009 Theater Festival Impulse, and has engaged audiences around the world ever since.
Performed in English and French. Suggested age: 16+
Director Monica Gintersdorfer and visual artist Knut Klaßen have been collaborating on dance and theatre projects since 2005. Using a combination of movement and text, they juxtapose contemporary and traditional culture from Africa and Europe, bridging the gap between various artistic disciplines. In 2010, the German magazine tanz voted them Company of the Year.
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