Schedule of performances
Heiner Müller’s HamletMachine makes a debut on stage the SND. The text from 1977 reflects an abundance of emotions of an intellectual that reflect societal, historical as well as personal events. HamletMachine is also a probe into the meaning of art, theatre and cultural identity, along with the status of an artist within the society. It is an encounter with tradition and contemplation over, and indeed a confrontation of its significance and depth. Hamlet comes across as an archetype of actor, character, theatre. Hence, the play uncovers further layers about the nature of acting and the mission of an artist. That is intertwined with equally persona, as well as political layer. This is where Müller’s text becomes most specific. It touches upon the ruins and wounds of history (not merely that of Europe). Furthermore, it offers self-criticism on the part of an artist who failed in a momentous historical phase.That thus brings into confrontation personal aspect – to be an artist – with that of political context and responsibility.What surfaces is a sense of revolt, desire for uprising, along with the awareness of an end and disillusion. In poetics and images HamletMachine touches upon the world where Europe and its ruins come face-to-face with the sentiments of a small nation.Hamlet as the “prototype” of the rational masculine principle and Ophelia as the emotional feminine principle – though, perhaps, it doesn’t have to be like that. The narrative entails issues of identity and unification of two, or, perhaps even more worlds which an artist with his Self inhabits, fills and embraces.