Females vs Shakespeare

THE WORKS of William Shakespeare have been, since he wrote them, provoking various perceptions and re-makes, and hardly any author has been interpreted and re-interpreted more than the Bard.

THE WORKS of William Shakespeare have been, since he wrote them, provoking various perceptions and re-makes, and hardly any author has been interpreted and re-interpreted more than the Bard.

The Theatre of Eternal Values (TEV), an international troupe connected by the main idea that “the theatre is to elevate humans to a level higher than the current, bringing knowledge of one’s self rather than being just entertainment, or spectacle” Belinda Iro informed The Slovak Spectator.

In the TEV performance, Shakespeare’s Women, the female characters try to defy their fates, not to be forced to use force or kill others – or themselves, for that matter. Joan of Arc, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Catherine of Aragon and Titania debate with their author the options that are at hand and they try to discover and use their compassion and feminine power rather than brute force, thus changing their doom.

Iro said that there would be a discussion afterwards for those interested in exploring the topic.

TEV will give six performances in Slovakia before continuing to Vienna: on November 24 and 25 (two performances on the 24th and the morning one on the 25th in the DK Dúbravka culture house in Saratovská Street; and at the Malá Scéna STU theatre on the evening of the 25th) in Bratislava, November 27 in Banská Bystrica and on November 28 in Dunajská Streda.

Shakespeare’s Women are played in English and Ira said that the morning performances, meant basically for students, are without subtitles (as required by the English teachers), while the evening ones do have Slovak subtitles. The piece, written – predictably – by a woman, Monia Giovannangeli (inspired by the works of Shakespeare) is directed – quite surprisingly – by a man, Eric Loren.

More information can be found at theatreofeternalvalues.com, or at shakespeareswomen.com.

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