Ophelia Rewound, Greek theatremaker Antigoni Spanou’s one-woman performance inspired by German dramatist Heiner Muller’s renowned 1977 post-modernist drama Hamletmachine, gets its London premiere at this year’s Camden Fringe. Time to get booking!
Intimate, autobiographical and interactive, Ophelia Rewound is devised, directed and performed by Antigoni Spanou. It runs for four performances only at Camden People’s Theatre from 22 to 25 August 2019.
A journey that starts right at the end.
A woman who is not used to having guests.
A broken clock dressed in blood.
And suddenly there are only two minutes left!
Exploring the person underneath the myth, Ophelia Rewound weaves intricate projection mapping, the story of Ophelia and theatremaker Antigoni Spanou‘s lived experience through depression to examine the stereotypes that sit around women and mental health. Through a series of intimate and thought-provoking interactions, audience members are given the opportunity to become part of the narrative and share a moment of collective transformation.
The seeds of this performance stem from a collaboration in 2009 with the Brazilian performance artist Flávio Rabelo. During a presentation of his piece based on the character of Hamlet – inspired by Heiner Muller‘s Shakespeare spin-off Hamletmachine – Flavio invited Antigoni to participate as Ophelia. Following that moment and over the course of the next two years, Antigoni and Flavio kept exchanging materials and impulses in order to develop the connection between the two transatlantic characters.
Ophelia Rewound is an amalgamation of that character research and Antigoni’s journey through depression that invites the audience in an intimate world where the lines between art and life become blurred. Using Ophelia’s story as a vehicle, the performance asks questions about expectations, dead ends and the fight to find a way out, as well as one’s self. The production also features projection mapping by The Lab Collective’s Joseph Thorpe. Antigoni was mentored by Peader Kirk.
Photography by Ali Wright.
About Antigoni Spanou
Born and raised in Greece, Antigoni Spanou first came to the UK in 2000 to study genetics. After completing her degree, she decided to pursue a life-long dream by applying for drama school and was accepted at Rose Bruford College where she studied European Theatre Arts with leading practitioners including Matthew Leloup and Gabriel Gawin from Poland’s Song of the Goat Theatre, Peader Kirk of Mkultra and Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico in Madrid.
Professionally, she has worked with Arhi Theatre & Philosophy, Little Bird Theatre and The Lab Collective, where she is a permanent member. A keen proponent of physical and devised theatre, as a solo artist, Antigoni seeks to create work that is “intimate, emotive and interactive at its core, that generates a shared experience for all”.
As part of this year’s Camden Fringe festival, Ophelia Rewound runs for four performances only at Camden Fringe, 22-24 August 2019 at 9pm and 25 August at 7.15pm at Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, King’s Cross, London NW1 2PY. Tickets are £10-12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Full festival programme
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