A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Another midsummer is approaching and the heatwave ignites random bonfires. The wind scatters the ashes on the remaining tree stumps, and in the glaring flames the charred forests magically sparkle, as if enchanted. During the night, the heat is bearable. But no one sleeps, they venture out of their bunkers to admire the spectacle of flames. Walking on fire is an old ritual for cleansing – now it’s the new normal.
What does Shakespeare’s romantic comedy from 1595 have in common with the themes of climate change, feminism, and the colonialist, capitalist west? This rendition of Shakespeare’s play, commissioned by ŻfinMalta and created by choreographer Sergiu Matis, adapts its principal themes of obsessive love, nature, and the mystical, to our times. In this Midsummer Night’s Dream no one laughs at trivial erotic turbulences anymore. What do we laugh at in the post-apocalypse? Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer living and working in Berlin. He often uses science-fiction or dystopian scenarios as points of departure for his movement scores. They enable reimagining and reorganising the body towards new intensities and extremes, making visible an exaggerated version of the bodies of the present.
This is an immersive experience in which the audience moves around the space
for part of the performance.
Choreography: Sergiu Matis
Cast: 10 Dancers
Original score: Antye Greie AGF
Set & costume design: Romualdo Moretti
Costume maker: Giulia Orsi
Light design: Andrew Schembri, Late Interactive
Rehearsal director: Maya Weinberg
Technical director: Moritz Zavan Stoeckle
Producer: Nicole Bearman
Dates & Time: 16/17/18 April 2021 / 20:00
Location: Orpheum Theatre, Gzira