FIVE ISSUES : A PERFORMANCE - PUBLISHING INTERFACE: Part One

When we first grappled with Hamletmachine the Gujarat riots just took place and now we are grappling
with the production in a fragmented landscape…post-cold war Hamlet, post-Nandigram Hamlet, postGundewar commission Hamlet, post-Naroda Patiya Hamlet...Muller's text talks about a reality of a
crumbling east Europen idealism. When I first read the play I completely identified with its sense of
rootlessness. Why is an Alyque Padamsee doing a Macbeth set is occult...that too a decorative occult?
Why is Mysore Rangayan decorating Macbeth with symbols? Why is the exotic still the root of Tim
Supple's production and not the political sub-text of India? Something like that Louis Simpson quote –
"The violence of waking life disrupts the order of our death. Strange dreams occur, for
dreams are licensed as they never were."

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