Singapore Arts Festival 2004 Presents Meno Fortas

 

Meno Fortas

 

Othello

 

 Date:  11 - 12 June 2004, 7.30 pm
 Venue:  Victoria Theatre 
 Tickets:  $52, $42, $32, $22 
 Duration:  250 minutes (with 2 intermissions) 

 

Light refreshments will be served during the intermissions.

 

Performed in Lithuanian with English surtitles.

 

“Again, a masterpiece by Nekrosius, a visionary poet.  A furious energy and the poetical freedom with which the ancient story has been read in a new way, is being developed.” - Franco Quadri, La Republica

 

“The Lithuanian Maestro interprets Shakespeare’s masterpiece with inventions of genius… each performance by Nekrosius becomes a strong adventure for our spirit, troubling and fascinating us.” - Sergio Colomba, Il Giorno

 

For centuries, the contrast between the diabolical Iago and noble Othello has kept audiences riveted to one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello.  Against a backdrop of intense passion and fierce jealousy, Iago’s Machiavellian deeds causes Othello to see red over the apparent infidelity of his young and beautiful wife, Desdemona, and his favourite Lieutenant, Michael Cassio. 

 

For this year’s Singapore Arts Festival, Lithuanian theatre company Meno fortas presents a masterful interpretation of Othello with its combination of well-constructed tension and excellent acting.  In this four-hour tour de force, the characters’ emotional states are skilfully highlighted by subtly weaving natural elements with modern dance movements to portray their psychological states. 

 

Meno fortas was founded in January 1998 by Eimuntas Nekrošius, one of Europe’s most respected theatre masters.   Meno fortas’ first production, Hamlet, was presented at the LIFE festival and subsequently toured main theatre festivals in Europe and around the world.  Othello, the third production by Meno fortas, had its world premiere at the Venice Biennale in 2001.  It has garnered several accolades, including best production, best producer and best male actor awards.  The production also won the Critic’s Award at the Kontakt Theatre Festival in Poland in 2001.

 

Annexes

  • Annex 1 – Cast and crew for Othello
  • Annex 2 – Artists’ Biographies