Ophelia #Revisited.

Ophelia In Souiloquy – Revisited from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

 

Part of #InSouliloquyRevisited

Performed & Choreographed by Katharine Hardman
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T
Special Thanks to Caroline Salem & Space Clarence Mews.

Vocals & Composition by Katharine Hardman

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We are so excited to launch #InSouliloquyRevisited with our collaboration with Katharine Hardman.

Katharine Hardman

Katharine Hardman is an actor, writer and Movement Director and recent graduate of Drama Centre London. Artistic Director of ‘Entita Theatre’ having produced fifteen shows alongside Jamie Woods. Working as the company’s Movement Director and Choreographer (for a little more please see:www.entitatheatre.co.uk ). Katharine has recently curated an all female new writing night at the Greenwich Theatre, Lost in London, this night hosted six new places centered around London living with New Light Productions.
Theatre:  Cassie Grey EIGENGRAU (Greenwich Theatre), Ophelia CURTAIN’D SLEEP (Peckham Basic Space Festival), Arkadina THE SEAGULL (Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow) Jean Bird METHOD IN MADNESS (Rose Theatre Kingston, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & National Tour) Zelda YOUR FRAGRANT PHANTOM (National Tour, Marlowe Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NSDF)
Katharine has also worked with Ita O’brien on her Intimacy on Screen movement.
@KatHardman
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Happy Halloween from the In Souliloquy Team!

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Happy Halloween/ All Hallows/ Whatever pagan ritual you might be celebrating this evening. Here we share our production meeting funtimes and also a little selection of some creepy characters for you to indulge your inner scaredy cat!

“A dark tale of blood in the night” indeed!

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Richard III

Richard III In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Lady Macduff

Lady Macduff In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Yorick

Yorick In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Abhorsen

Abhorsen In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Cassandra

Cassandra In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Enjoy your fear responsibly dearest audience!

Last Chance to Vote for In Souliloquy videos in #ShakespeareLives

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Time is running out to vote for the souliloquies we have had nominated for the British Council’s #ShakespeareLives shorts competition. The videos videos are voted on by a team of judges and the general public – we would love you to register and vote for us*

Here is a link directly to the registration page: https://films.shakespearelives.org/registration/ – because itis a glitchy website it works better to register first and then watch and vote for our videos. You get one vote (four categories) per video – so please do vote for all our 5 nominated ones!

Here are the direct links to the videos.

Again rather than clicking on vote now it is a smoother process if you click on LOGIN on the menu at the top and register a new account.

This is such great exposure for our project and we have already had a nice little bump in views for the featured videos but we need more votes (lots of lovely round 10s please) to raise our average scores and get us shortlisted as winners. Public voting is always a difficult thing and the best way we can actually ensure we do well on this platform is for loads of people we know to give us a bit of love.

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We are so excited for you to revisit the ones you have already seen (watching them again is very rewarding people) or if you have yet to dive into this little project of ours these five videos are an excellent starting point.

Thank you!
Tilly and Victorine x

 

*It’s a little annoying to register using an email address as it apparently won’t work unless your password is exactly 8 characters total and has a capital letter, a number and another character (#$£%!). This feature is not explicitly stated on the website and it will just block you and say there is an error with the password. We suggest choosing a six letter word – capitalising the first letter and putting the symbol and number after ie. Juliet#5 – otherwise logging in through social media is apparently easier.

Cycle 3 Character Recap!

Today marks the day we start our casting announcements for Cycle 4 – but before we move onto that. Here is a mini recap of who we heard from in Cycle 3.

 

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Katherina In Souliloquy.

tybalt

Tybalt In Souliloquy.

cleo

Cleopatra In Souliloquy.

abhorsen

Abhorsen In Souliloquy.

ophelia

Ophelia In Souliloquy.

titania

Titania In Souliloquy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this varied collection of voices as much as we have!

Why Ophelia?

One of my good friends loves art in the way I do – she becomes emotionally attached to it and it informs her own creative process and writing. One such piece is Ophelia – Millais. She loves it. We had dinner last week with two other friends and I had such a violent reaction to her raptures it led to an interesting discussion. She and one other emphasising how beautiful it is with the other side of the table not disputing the beauty but saying it’s also really, really horrible.

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I just can’t bear this fetishising of death. Ophelia is not a lost love-lorn princess asleep in a river – she is a person who made the choice, the final choice to kill herself in a horrible way. Her death is not about flowers floating in dark water, it’s about sinking away from the light. It is such classical male gaze – to take a decision made by a girl and strip it of any meaning beyond aesthetics. I actually didn’t realised how angry about this until a) I wrote Ophelia and b) how surprised everyone was to my visceral disgust at seeing a postcard.

Ophelia In Souliloquy deals with this directly. She is at once accepting and embracing the she has chosen and also quietly furious at how it has been memorialised.

She doesn’t care if we do not understand why, but there is a why far beyond the absence we get in the play and the famous images of her death that litter our art history. In truth the images of her lying back forever half submerged make her skin crawl. Ophelia is honest, she does not care for beauty.

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As you watch this performance, watch the lovely and talented Lilian Schiffer work her way through the shifts in the text as she rises above her grave. At some key moments her eyes focus on you watching and she won’t let you look away. Don’t paint over her pain, she says – I am far more than written. Listen to what I am saying and hear my grief, my anger, my despair and finally my salvation.

I think as artists we have responsibilities to engage with what has come before. There is no doubt that Hamlet is an incredible piece of writing and that Millais’ Ophelia is an exquisite rendering of a pre-Raphelite aesthetic – but think on this. The girl whose death is reduced to how it effects another and is only remembered as beauty? The female voice is so often removed or silenced from history. Ophelia is so much more than that. We are all more than that.

Ophelia In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Perhaps one of the most important gifts we have as writers is that we can give others a voice. Think of how much richer our understanding can become by listening.

Behind the Scenes Cycle 3!

A little selection of the work behind the scenes of shooting Cycle 3 and how fun at times it can be. Thanks again to everyone involved!

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Ophelia In Souliloquy.

Ophelia In Souliloquy from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

She chose her own end. Don’t forget that.

Performed by Lilian Schiffer
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Special thanks to Steven M. Levy and the Charing Cross Theatre.

In Souliloquy is devised and produced by V&T.
Ophelia In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 3 of this project.

Music:
Duet Musette by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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