PITY: PART ONE
What is a Tragedy? What was it for Aristotle and what is it today? To begin to touch upon this subject we hold firmly to the conception of all arts being a mime. To make poetry is to mime. This means that creating a line of movement is equivalent to writing a line of words. In order to retrace our steps, our history, our genealogy we return to the Ancient conception of what a tragedy was and how it has changed. To see this clearly we will make use of the emotion pity which acts as one of the main components inducing catharsis in the audience. We ask ourselves if there is a relation between seemingly stable people giving up their comfortable lives to fight a foreign war and the Ancient ritual of catharsis? Has the real act of dying and sacrifice been elevated above the staged act of dying and sacrifice? Has the dramatic effect of pity taken over the realm of reality?
Part 1 has as its starting point the character of Iago in Shakespeare’s play Othello. We meet a young man who has resigned his belief in the West and chooses to travel far away to realize a romantic ideal of war. Part 1 is the first part of Iraqi Bodies’ project PITY in which Shakespeare’s play Othello is re-devised in a contemporary setting.
DIRECTION/CHOREOGRAPHY: Anmar Taha
DRAMATURGY: Josephine Gray
PERFORMERS: Anmar Taha, Josephine Gray
STAGE DESIGN: Anmar Taha
LIGHT DESIGN: Anmar Taha
PUPPETS/MASK: Josephine Gray
MUSIC DIRECTION: Josephine Gray
COSTUME DESIGN: Iraqi Bodies
PRODUCTION: Iraqi Bodies
Developed in residency at GULA VILLAN JÄRNA
SUPPORTED BY: The Swedish Arts Council, The City of Gothenburg, The Region of West Sweden
Premiered October 2018 at Atalante in Gothenburg, Sweden