Othello The Remix in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Theatres
March 1- 2, 2015 Centerpoint Theatre, Ductac
Othello The Remix in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Theatres: Experience Shakespeare’s most tortured and passionate protagonist in a way you’ve never experienced him before. Art for all is proud to be bringing Othello: The Remix to the UAE in March 2015!
An imaginative reworking of Shakespeare’s tragedy of jealousy and revenge, this visually gritty production of the classic Othello is rooted in the artistic traditions of American hip-hop. A lively and experimental take on the classical text, it has also been adapted to suit the cultural sensitivities of the Middle East region.
Othello: The Remix does not just translate Othello into hip-hop, but adapts the story to a hip-hop setting. Shakespeare’s play is set against the backdrop of armed conflict, with Othello a general in the Venetian army, deployed by the Duke of Venice to defend their interests in Cyprus.
Experience the unique mix of heightened masculinity, ambition, bravado and competition. The hip-hop setting provides the ideal context for replaying Shakespeare’s darkest tale.
For those unfamiliar with the classical text, this energetic production sees MC Othello getting out of the ghetto and going straight to the top of his field. He wins the respect of the music industry, the adulation of fans – but also the heart of the beautiful singer Desdemona.
But as with all Shakespeare’s tragic protagonists, his character suffers from a fatal flaw… He is attracted to the spite of hip-hop purist Iago, who has something more sinister planned for Othello than a rap battle….
This universal tale of passion, manipulation and tragedy is a not-to-be-missed experience for Shakespeare fans and a brilliant way to introduce the classical text to students in a palatable, contemporary and memorable way.
Suitable for ages 10+
Chicago Shakespeare Theater & Richard Jordan Productions
Written, Directed and Music by GQ and JQ
Developed with Rick Boynton
‘THE SHOW IS A TRIUMPH FROM BEGINNING TO END’ FIVE STARS
‘SUPERB: SARDONIC, WISE, SMART, FUNNY AND MOSTLY IN RHYMING COUPLETS’ FOUR STARS
‘SOPHISTICATED AND VERY FUNNY FOUR STARS’
‘ABSOLUTLEY BRILLIANT… JUST AS SHAKESPEARE HELPED SHAPE ENGLISH, RAP HAS DRAMATICALLY REFASHIONED IT.’
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