Five Truths: Stanislavski

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[birds chirping]

 

03:22 – [sings] He is dead and gone lady.

He is dead and gone;

At his head a grass-green turf,

At his heels a stone.

 

They bore him barefaced on the bier;

Hey non, nonny, hey non, nonny;

And in his grave rained many a tear.

Fare you well my dove.

Fare you well my dove.

 

04:10 – [speaks] There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance;

Pray you love, remember.

There is some pansies, that’s for thoughts.

There’s a daisy.

I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died.

They say he made a good end.

And will he not come again?

And will he not come again?

No, no.

He’s dead.

He never will come again.

Go to thy deathbed.

He never will come again.

 

05:49 – [sings faintly] He is dead and gone lady.

He is dead and gone;

At his head a grass-green turf,

At his heels a stone.

 

He is dead and gone lady.

He is dead and gone;

At his head a grass-green turf,

At his heels…

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Five Truths is an immersive video installation in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries. The films are inspired by five of the 20th century’s most influential theatre directors: Constantin Stanislavski; Antonin Artaud; Bertolt Brecht; Jerzy Grotowski; and Peter Brook. Five Truths examines how each of the five practitioners would direct the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Each film is directed by Katie Mitchell, and Ophelia is played by Michelle Terry.

The five films (10 screens) are designed to run simultaneously in the installation.

Five Truths, 12 July - 29 August 2011, Theatre & Performance, room 103, Free admission.

The films are inspired by five of 20th-century’s most influential theatre directors: Constantin Stanislavski; Antonin Artaud; Bertolt Brecht; Jerzy Grotowski; and Peter Brook.