MACBETH Excelsia College, Sydney
First- and second-year students bring Shakespeare's classic text to life in a new and captivating way.
"During lockdown in 2021, Excelsia’s Bachelor of Dramatic Art students had the unique opportunity to collaborate with video artist Michaela Bartonova for their modern retelling of Macbeth
Bartonova, who is based in the Czech Republic, and Director Fiona Gentle had previously worked together in Australia, and Director Gentle invited her to design a series of projected, animated sets for this production. Bartonova is an incredibly talented and versatile artist who has performed and exhibited throughout Europe and Scandinavia. The Czech Republic has a long history of puppetry and Bartonova started out as a puppet-maker and theatre-maker but is also a playwright, author, director, and visual/digital artist, developing the technique of creating digital sets live on stage, via her iPad."
A short video at the beginning of the whole process of cooperation, which determined the aesthetics of the concept:
This production of Macbeth is directed by renowned Australian puppeteer and movement choreographer Fiona Gentle and features animated digital art designed by Michaela Bartoňová, a visual and digital artist from the Czech Republic whose works have been exhibited around the world. The show is performed by Excelsia's first- and second-year Bachelor of Dramatic Art students.
Fiona Gentle and Michaela Bartonova
Opening night was 16.12. 2021 in Sydney
Excelsia College, 69-71 Waterloo Road
Macquarie Park, NSW 2113, Australia