taken from the opera "Macbeth" by W. Shakespeare
with Saffron Selfe, Jack Clarck, Olga Mascolo, Ida Alessandra Vinella, Savino Maria Italiano
Director: Gianpiero Borgia
Artistic direction of Savino Maria Italiano
Original music: Giuseppe Juli Leone
Scenography and lights: Teatro dei Borgia
Organization: Olga Mascolo
Production I Nuovi Scalzi
With the support of the Puglia Region, within the 2018 Extraordinary Program on Culture and Entertainment.
The goal is to make a contemporary translation of Macbeth, made with young Italian and English actors.
The work is proposed as a polyphonic composition of different performative languages: prose, music, dance
Macbeth is a complex work full of characters, themes, styles: there are worlds that intertwine and interact with each other. The language of Shakespeare itself is partly "Prosaic and dialectic" and partly "Poetic and Imaginative" and it is necessary to make the most diverse performative languages coexist in order to restore their fullest meaning.
In this version, the main dichotomies between the magical world and the human world are privileged, between what you want to do and what you do, between hero and anti-hero, between tradition and the contemporary.
We have lowered the work of the Bard into real and surreal atmospheres and settings, also belonging to the local tradition linked to magic, popular beliefs, rites and superstitions of Ernesto De Martino's Magic Puglia. The Apulian Tarantism, however, is a key to interpreting contemporaneity, the need for young people to escape through hypnotic rhythms, rave parties, Goa parties.
Macbeth is the hero, the leader who returns victorious from the battle, the king's favorite, the steadfast and faithful friend. Infatuated by the prediction received from three unknown fortune-tellers and supported by his wife Lady Macbeth, Macbeth returns to his castle with the thought that he can actually put in place a plan that will make him as soon as possible what he himself would like to become: the ruler of the whole of Scotland. .
Returning from the war, Macbeth receives the honor of hosting the King of Scotland himself in his palace.
In a fluctuating confrontation with Lady Macbeth, he realizes that the only way to get what they both want is to assassinate the king.
Macbeth doubts, lingers, is infatuated by the thought of obtaining so much power but on the other hand his soul falls into remorse.
To push him into carrying out the shameful deed, it is his wife Lady M. who informs him about the duty that the man must take on in order to achieve the desired results.
Having worked out the plan of the assassination, Macbeth and Lady M commit the crime.
Macbeth is the best of his, a true hero: he believes in himself, in his merits, in his objective value, but he lets himself be deceived by the prophecy of the witches and by what he wants to understand.
It's the story of how a hero becomes a killer.
For this reason we have chosen to focus on this narrative arc for the entire work.