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Othello?! – the Symbolist Theatre

Othello?! – the Symbolist Theatre

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othello by zholdak and othello by shakespeare
othello by zholdak and othello by shakespeare

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Othello?! – the symbolist theatre
Othello?! Is a stage adaptation of Andriy Zholdak after the tragedy "Othello or the Moor of Venice" by William Shakespeare. Already in the first minutes of the show you feelthat you have entered into another world, you no longer know what is happening, yousuddenly wake up to reality every time you tend to fall into reverie: noise, music,screams, agitation, movement, scenery, everything is as it detached from our world.Everything seems strange, a hostile atmosphere, heavy, you feel like death is haunting inthe air, you even visualize how is playing with the humans destiny, realizing it's own timeand space, trough the many freeze moments. The multitude of symbols that fills this showmakes it, I might say, a symbolic demonstration theater, a different type of theatre.Milking cows, milk in abundance, the bloody red, the crow, the flour, the oranges, thematches, the huge doors, the mirrors, the plates, the clocks, all leading to infiniteinterpretations and resolutions. Maybe we can not fully understand what Zholdak wantedto tell but the images remain unpublished after such a show, but also the spiritual sense of disorder because it is impossible not to touch you for ever. One thing to be mentioned isthe presence of these symbols on the poster show in advance, which makes it a clear thedirector's tendency to integrate all the symbols, the mystery, to some travel to theunknown, to fantastic.
 
Othello, synopsis
The play opens with Roderigo, a rich and dissolute gentleman, complaining to Iago, ahigh-ranking soldier, that Iago has not told him about the secret marriage betweenDesdemona, the daughter of a Senator namedBrabantio, andOthello, aMoorishgeneral in the Venetian army. He is upset by this development because he loves Desdemona andhad previously asked her father for her hand in marriage. Iago is upset with Othello for  promoting a younger man namedMichael Cassioabove him, and tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage. Iago's argument against Cassio is that he is ascholarly tactician with no real battle experience from which he can draw strategy; incontrast, Iago has practical battle skills. By emphasizing Roderigo's failed bid for Desdemona, and his own dissatisfaction with serving under Othello, Iago convincesRoderigo to wake Brabantio, Desdemona's father, and tell him about his daughter'selopement. Next, Iago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio iscoming for him.However, before Brabantio reaches Othello, news arrives in Venice that the Turks aregoing to attack Cyprus; therefore Othello is summoned to advise the senators. Brabantioarrives and accuses Othello of seducing Desdemona bywitchcraft, but Othello defendshimself successfully before an assembly that includes the Duke of Venice, Brabantio'skinsman Lodovico and Gratiano, and various senators, explaining that Desdemona became enamored of him for the stories he told of his early life.By order of the Duke, Othello leavesVeniceto command the Venetian armies againstinvading Turks on the island of Cyprus, accompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenantCassio, his ensign Iago, and Emilia as Desdemona's attendant.The party arrives in Cyprus to find that a storm has destroyed the Turkish fleet. Othelloorders a general celebration. Iago schemes to use Cassio to ruin Othello and takes theopportunity of Othello's absence at the celebration to persuade Roderigo to engage Cassioin a fight. He achieves this by getting Cassio drunk on wine. The brawl greatly alarms thecitizenry, and Othello is forced to quell the disturbance. Othello blames Cassio for thedisturbance, and strips him of his rank. Cassio is distraught, but Iago persuades him toimportune Desdemona to act as an intermediary between himself and Othello, and persuade her husband to reinstate him.Iago now persuades Othello to be suspicious of Cassio and Desdemona. As it happens,Cassio is courting a courtesan named Bianca. Desdemona drops a handkerchief that wasOthello's first gift to her and which he has stated holds great significance to him in thecontext of their relationship. Iago asks Emilia to steal it. Emilia, unaware of what Iago plans to do with the handkerchief, steals it. Iago plants it in Cassio's lodgings as evidenceof Cassio and Desdemona's affair. After he has planted the handkerchief, Iago tellsOthello to stand apart and watch Cassio's reactions while Iago questions him about thehandkerchief. Iago goads Cassio on to talk about his affair with Bianca, withoutmentioning her name; because no name is mentioned, Othello thinks that Cassio isreferring to Desdemona. Bianca, on discovering the handkerchief, chastises Cassio,accusing him of giving her a second-hand gift which he received from another lover.Othello sees this, and Iago convinces him that Cassio received the handkerchief fromDesdemona. Enraged and hurt, Othello decides he is going to kill his wife and Iago offersto kill Cassio. Othello proceeds to make Desdemona's life a misery, hitting her in front of 

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