Othello from the Golden Age
At the end of 2000, the premiere of Othello crowned the Shakespearean trilogy by Eimuntas Nekrošius. Actually, the trilogy had not been planned. When rehearsing Macbeth Nekrošius said, “I’m not taking Shakespeare in the nearest future. I’ll finish with Macbeth and that’s enough.” And yet he did... He staged one of his brightest and most romantic performances, of course, inasmuch as a tragedy can be romantic. The director does not change the genre of the play; on the contrary, he highlights a fatal mistake of the character and his confrontation with his destiny.
All of the three performances based on the tragedies by William Shakespeare – Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello – could be considered as a study on guilt and remorse. Moral attitudes have always been of great significance in the theatre of Nekrošius. However, the position of the director was more austere in the first two performances of the trilogy and only in Othello did he become much more forgiving to his characters. Certainly, the environment must have played an important role as the action takes place on the ocean shore suffused with the bright southern sun. Critic Rasa Vasinauskaitė wrote, “This time, having taken us through the freezing and metal-clanging world of Hamlet, the dark realm of breaking mirrors of Macbeth, the director is inviting us to what may seem as paradise on earth at first glance. There are no sharp corners, space-lashing lines or alarm colours here. Everything is soft, round, light and swaying, floating in the air.”
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