-Peace! the charm’s wound up.
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Benoît Malmberg
A selection of musical pieces by the Renaissance master composer Josquin des Prez constitute the foundation of Romeo & Julia Kören’s adaptation of Macbeth.
The renaissance period music creates a framework for Shakespeare’s writings and highlights the selected scenes. This mix of fragmented dialogue and suggestive soundscape consolidates the murky character of the play.
Romeo & Julia Kören’s 70 minute performance captures the essence of this well known play about human vanity and megalomania and portrays a Macbeth who moves through time and space, and in between senses and insanities.
The play’s final battle – the conquest of the castle and the death of the titular hero – is staged as a stylized battle performed to the grandiose choral composition ”La Guerre” by Clément Janequin.
Romeo & Julia Kören’s Macbeth premiered in 1997 and has since then been performed at Shakespeare festivals in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark.
In Sweden it has been performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Gothenburg City Theatre, Helsingborg Theatre and Kalmar Castle. In June 2019 Romeo & Julia Kören will tour in China with this production.
Shakespeare’s dialogue is performed in english and all songs in their original language.
- Adapted and Directed by Benoît Malmberg
- Music by Clément Janequin and Joaquin des Prez
- Costumes byBarbro Hellsing and the costume department of the Royal Dramatic Theatre
by Josquin Desprez (alphabetically)
- Absalon fili mi
- Agnus dei (from Missa Beata Virgine)
- El grillo Guillaume se va chauffer
- In te domine speravi
- Je ris et si ay larme
- Petite camusette
- Vive le roy
by Clément Janequin
- La Guerre – La battaglie de Marignon 1515
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
On his way home from battle, Macbeth, one of King Duncan’s generals, meets with three witches who prophecies he will be granted awards and eventually be king himself. Shortly after that he is awarded by the King and starts to believe in the prophecy. Machbeth is infested with greed for more power, and encouraged by his wife he murders Duncan and claims the throne as the new King. But guilt torments both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and drives them to madness and despair.
A short history
When first performed by Romeo & Julia Kören the production was called ”1515 — The Battle of M” referring to the central musical piece in the production: La Guerre. This was not because the tragedy is supposedly cursed, but had more to do with the major re-arrangement and re-interpretation of the original text. The world famous director Ingmar Bergman visited one rehearsal and his reaction was: You’re doing Macbeth. Call it Macbeth. From thence the production is called Macbeth. Even though the original text is greatly reduced. The idea of the play within the play is of course inspired by Hamlet.