h a m l e t m a c h i n e
according to Heiner Müller
Premiere 2018 September 26,27th in Tsekh Art Gallery, Vilnius
Duration 75 min | audience 16+
Photographer Laura Vansevičienė
Supported by Lithuania Council for Culture
IS EXISTENCE POSSIBLE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REMAIN OUTSIDE THE COMMUNICATIVE DISCOURSE OF POWER?
In Hamletmachine by Müller the youth is revolting and fighting against the past so that it can alter and create its own future. In order to free from never ending cycle of abuse the past is questioned and deconstructed. In Hamletmachine a psychological story-telling is rooted in creating a space of the betrayal of the revolution.
The artistic challenges and the resistance of a complex Müller’s text provokes the viewer to consciously and racionally dwell on the social and personal issues that are caused by sociocultural transitions. The starting point for the artists is a transgression, i.e. the experience of limits and the idea of god’s death. A man after God’s death is a man whose fundamental entirety is the ability to locate one’s limits rather than a fixation on God being limitless. Transgression is not only a fixation of the loss of God but also the evidence of God’s impossibility. “I am not Hamlet… My drama is no longer here” - the more the characters of the play speak the clearer it gets that they are merely inspired by their own stories and that they exist in a frozen time,in a halted condition. The performace pushes the viewer to face a consiousness of a young man suffering from anxiety and the search for the meaning while trying to understand self through destructive, limiting experiences.