Hamlet mise-en-scène

Hamlet mise-en-scène


Jack Smith, Untitled, 1969. Photograph. Private Collection.

December 3, 2012

Jack Smith in Frankfurt

Hamlet, mise-en-scène/performance
11 and 12 December 2012, 7pm

Jack Smith—A display of ephemera from private collections
13 December 2012–13 January 2013

Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt am Main


Hamlet, mise-en-scène/performance; by Städelschule’s Pure Fiction seminar imagining being trained in Reptilian Acting Technique

Developed by Mark von Schlegell

As the “live” component and finale to the EXTRA TROUBLE—Jack Smith in Frankfurt festival, Portikus presents a nonexistent version of Hamlet. Channeling the ghost of American filmmaker and artist Jack Smith, Shakespeare’s most abused tragedy will be adapted, retold and performed by the Städelschule’s Pure Fiction seminar.

Directed by esteemed writer, Guest Professor Mark von Schlegell, with support by renowned artist Professor Michael Krebber, this rendition of Hamlet pays homage to Jack Smith by declining to represent him in coherent institutional fashion. Audiences will be invited to take part in the dynamism of creation coming to life on stage on two special nights at Portikus. The costumes were developed in collaboration with New York-based designer Susan Cianciolo.

Wine. Nudity.

For the following month, visitors have the opportunity to view the remnants of the mise-en-scène and a selection of rare ephemera by Jack Smith from the private collections of Cosima von Bonin, Michael Krebber, Daniel Buchholz and Christopher Müller.

Inga Danysz, Hélène Fauquet, Adam Fearon, Genoveva Filipovic, Charlie Froud, Timothy Furey, Nik Geene, Edgars Gluhovs, Erika Landström, Ellen Yeon Kim, Yuki Kishino, Michael Krebber, Erik Lavesson, Oona Lea von Maydell, Daniel Murnaghan, Aislinn McNamara, Clare Molloy, Dana Munro, Luzie Hanna Karolina Meyer, Julien Nguyen, Olga Pedan, George Rippon, Mahsa Saloor, Simon Speiser, Anina Trösch, Colin Whitaker, Anna Susanna Woof-Dwight, Phillip Zach, and Anna Zacharoff, amongst others.

This project was made possible with the generous support of Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main and Hessische Kulturstiftung.

Director: Nikolaus Hirsch
Curator: Sophie von Olfers
Guest Curator: Laura Preston


Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 962 44 540
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