By Reinventing Only

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Chryssa Tsampazi

 A group of singers perform fragments from Act 3 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in different places throughout the neighborhood. At times, they make eye contact with the assembled viewers, clearly addressing their phrases to individual persons. At other times, they stand in an empty corner or declare their melodies to a blank wall. Taking as a departure point Alain Badiou's statement on love and politics – “love is the minimal form of real politics” - the Hamlet/Ophelia scene serves as a place for social engagement that is not equivalent to power. At the same time, a new alternative narrative emerges through the musical language and the variety of styles that the performers utilize, that is, their repeated exercise distorts the text’s original meaning and makes way for new future directions.

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