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Language: English
Director: Boris Nitikin
Featured Artists: Juiia*n Meding
Company: Boris Nitikin & Julia*n Meding

A new piece by Boris Nikitin based on motives by William Shakespeare with Julian Meding

‘Nikitin’s Hamlet brings the debate on reality in contemporary theatre to a new level.’ – Theater der Zeit

‘It’s an evening that holds us while making us swing … There are only a few directors who lead theatre to such a critical point as Boris Nikitin currently does.’ – Theater Heute

In Hamlet, author and director Boris Nikitin rewrites the most famous of all theatre pieces and transforms it into a contemporary performance. In a mix of experimental documentary play and music-theatre the enigmatic performer and electronic musician Julia*n Meding takes over the part of a contemporary Hamlet who revolts against reality. Supported by a baroque-quartet, Meding takes himself to a tour de force on stage by introducing and exposing himself to the public. Meding, giving details from his life story, revolts against the audience, like Hamlet against his royal court he attacks the public, agitates, flirts with them, mocks them and tries to seduce them.

Time and again he seizes the microphone, he starts to sing: raw electropunk, sketchy cover songs, a ballad. Words, sung as fragments of emotions. Meding’s/Hamlet’s performance dazzles between offensive
dilettantism and vain jokes, exaggerated gestures and confrontational pose. Is this Meding? Or Hamlet? Is he serious? Or is it all a game? “Is he or isn‘t he”? Is he not both at the same time, eventually?

The performance crossfades documentary and fiction into a contemporary version of Hamlet in which the conflict zones illusion and reality, individual and society, interplay. Hamlet is poetic insurrection: raw, coarse, confrontational, anti-social, dazzling.


Concept, Text, Director: Boris Nikitin
Performance, Text: Julia*n Meding
Baroque ensemble: Led by Sarah Evans
Stage Design, Costumes: Nadia Fistarol
Video: Georg Lendorff, Elvira Isenring, Boris Nikitin
Songs: Uzrukki Schmidt
Music: Der musikalische Garten, Boris Nikitin, Julia*n Meding, Matthias Meppelink
Sound: Matthias Meppelink
Technical Supervision, Light: Benjamin Hauser
Production Superviser: Annett Hardegen

Supported by: Fachausschuss Theater und Tanz BS/BL, Pro Helvetia the Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner, Migros Kulturprozent, Kunststiftung NRW

Co-comissioned by: Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee, Thêatre Vidy, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr

With the support of: La Villette Paris, Münchner Kammerspiele, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Onassis Centre Athen

Website www.borisnikitin.ch




  1. Amynor 23 April 2018 at 11:39 am

    i have book tickets for the 2018 restival and would like to access them as i have lost the dates Eleanor Ferguson [email protected]

    • NAF Admin 23 April 2018 at 12:35 pm

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