Project Ophelia is proud to have presented the workshop production of Hamletmachine by Heiner Mueller (1977) on April 25, 26 & 27, 2013 at 7:30PM in the Dorothy Somerset Studios at the University of British Columbia.
The production is unique in the way that the script is interpreted first and foremost from the perspective of costume design. The concept focuses on mechanical and technological principles in the history of industrialization. The project is taking advantage of new developments in material technologies and means of illumination. This translates into richly abstracted costume design, developed from geometric shapes, extending into the space around the body. The obstructive nature of the costumes inform the movement of the actors.
These moving shapes are enhanced through a variety of integrated light sources that additionally emphasize and de-emphasize different costume parts, contrasting or blending them into the background to create dynamic bodies that add to a stylized post-apocalyptic experience.