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UMO presents Act I of HAMLET

UMO will present ACT 1 of Hamlet as part of 5 fifths Hamlet during the Fringe Month series at Pocket Theater.

October 14 at 7pm
October 15 at 10pm

Also don’t miss UMO’s new works at Pocket Theater’s Seattle Fringe Month…

UMO’s 1000 Natural Shocks will explore new works/new directions spawned from the themes of Hamlet

October 27 at 7pm
October 28 at 10pm
October 29 at 7pm 

Pocket Theater - 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA

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HAMLET MIGRATION……UMO explores the current refugee crisis through the lens of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Ghost clowns sailing across the sea of humanity in a skeleton ship, lamenting the story of Hamlet…sharing our common collective stories of loss through lament and laughter.

This project explores themes of the privileged class, weighted down with the sins of the fathers, feeling the sting of inaction, in the face of crushing world calamity; specifically, the plight of the refugees across the world. UMO Ensemble members, two European circus performers, local choirs and an integrated audience will share and explore these themes through the text of HAMLET. Songs of lament. Stark imagery. Intense physical movement.

The primary goal in this project is building new partnerships.

The first partnership will be with Aimee van Roekel, artistic instigator for this piece. Aimee, a Shakespeare scholar, came to UMO, after participating in Fail Better as assistant director, and proposed that we do a Shakespeare piece with a similar explorative treatment. UMO Ensemble members are working with Aimee to create the piece, Elizabeth Klob will direct, Janet McAlpin, David Godsey, Lyam White and Maria Glanz will perform, Aimee van Roekel will dramaturg and perform. Set Designer Jon Schroeder, will build a skeleton refugee boat from which the journey will begin. Long time islander and UMO founder Kevin Joyce will compose music for our piece.

“We are using Hamlet as an analogy to the journey of the Syrian refugees, attempting to capture the moment before death, the drowning moment of thousands of displaced people. These people don’t want to leave their home country, but are faced with the choice of leaving, or being killed. They leave their homes, businesses, families, and culture. They leave without food enough to sustain them. They leave carrying their children. They leave without a world mobilized to support them, and they die. Thousands of men, women, and children die in rafts in waters from one ground where they are hunted to another where they are unwelcome." - Aimee van Roekel

The second partnership will be with the communities in which we present the piece. By joining with their choirs, we hope to create a true exploration as a community of a culture in lament. We will be presenting HAMLET MIGRATION in three different community settings in Fall 2016.

To balance the somber experience, UMO will create a new collection of classic European clowns - Ghost Clowns - to explore this tragic event in our times. Which brings us to our third partnership: UMO has invited a European circus duo to work with us on this project; Rosario Amato from Italy and his partner Marina Messogiorno-Brown. Together they bring a wide range of knowledge from the current European circus and clown community, unique partner choreography and acro skills and a breadth of first-hand experience of the refugee crisis in Europe. 

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