Two Big Shows in Bogota
In stark and stunning contrast to Dollbeat’s nonsense is Teatro Biuro Podrozy’s outdoor adaptation of MacBeth from Poland. A wood and steel structure is set up in a foot-ball field-sized dirt clearing in Parque Simon Bolivar. Hundreds of Colombians submit to the frisking required to enter the park for security reasons and stand or sit before the stage. Macbeth and his followers enter on motor cycles, dressed in fascist type military gear. Shakespeare’s power-mad murderer is pursued by terrifying 15-foot witches on stilts. Fire-works go off into the night sky as Macbeth is crowned. Ultimately, he throws himself into the flames of his own castle as more actors on stilts advance with telephone pole trees—the ominous Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane—as young Fleance, Banquo’s son and the next anointed king, looks on from his little tricycle wearing a crisp white shirt. The contemporary imagery in this powerful production speaks clearly to the Bogota audience about the price men pay for greed and violence. In a country where cocaine cartels still rule large parts of the country, this updated production of MacBeth is an up-to-the minute and all-too-relevant morality tale.
Labels: Janet Stanford