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Monday, September 15, 2014

Shakespeare's Venus & Adonis by Isango Ensemble


I went to see the Isango Ensemble's production of Venus & Adonis at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C..





It's a fascinating and fun show. And it only has a few more performances left, ending on 20 September.

Here is a link for more information and tickets:


Isango Ensemble is based in Cape Town, and the word "Isango" means "gateway" or "port" in the isiXhosa language.





This production inaugurated the Globe-to-Globe Festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London in 2012 -- which included 37 theatres from around the world perform on that hallowed London stage.

The Ensemble sings Shakespeare's original verses interspersed with dialogue and singing in different native languages -- Zulu, isiXhosa, Sotho, Setswana and Afrikaans.





It brings the language of Shakespeare alive and makes it resonate is very interesting, funny, and very engaging.

The dancing, the music, the acting, the costumes, the set design are all quite unique and added a depth to the story of Venus's seduction of Adonis. I also felt like the it brought the story out of the Western world, to make it more international, and even more timeless and universal.





If you are anywhere near Washington, D.C. you should really go see it!

Cheers,



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