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Hi stranger.

Stay awhile. Look at some stuff I made. Then let's make something together.

Macbeth

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare
Fordham University, April 11 - 21 2018
Director: Dawn Akemi Saito. Sets: Kai Brothers. Lighting: Elizabeth Mak.
Costumes: Becky Bodurtha. Sound: David van Tieghem.
Photography: Joey Moro & Edward T. Morris.

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This particular Macbeth directed and choreographed by Dawn Akemi Saito at Fordham University is quite unlike any other Macbeth I'd ever seen before. Inspired by the stylisation and minimalism of butoh, Dawn (who is a lecturer in physical theater) and Kai created an environment of fabric panels against a black void. These panels were made of two layers each, one stretchy and one sheer, that were used in a myriad of ways through the play. Sometimes, they formed a womb-like oval, another time the world of the court, another time Duncan's bedroom. Ripped down, they were veils for the ghosts, and suffocation devices for Macduff's family. Dawn also added a controversial prologue to the piece, seen above, in a serious of tableaus that show Macbeth and Lady M having and then losing a child before we enter into the piece proper. In doing so, Dawn was eliciting sympathy for the tyrants who set themselves above us, reminding us that they are people too.

 Architectural vertical strips grounded us against the black void in interior scenes.

Architectural vertical strips grounded us against the black void in interior scenes.

 The famous hand-washing scene.

The famous hand-washing scene.

  We have scorched the snake, not killed it .

We have scorched the snake, not killed it.

  And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass which shows me many more

And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass which shows me many more

 Birhnam woods, architectural strips and haze opening up the wall in a way we'd not seen before.

Birhnam woods, architectural strips and haze opening up the wall in a way we'd not seen before.

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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

The Seagull

The Seagull