Tango Macbeth presented by visiting filmmaker Nadine Patterson
A theater company rehearses Macbeth. A documentary film crew follows them during the rehearsal process. Occasionally the actors become lost in Shakespeare’s world. This blend of intense drama, dance and humor is a refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic text.
Films about the rehearsal process rarely have the intensity of TANGO MACBETH. The blood, sweat and tears of the creation process are on full display in this intricate puzzle of a film with its “play, with a documentary within a narrative” framework. During the two hottest weeks of the year, the cast and crew endure 100 degree heat while rehearsing and shooting Macbeth in the 100 year old Plays and Players Theater. An upscale reality television format mixed with surreal black and white interpretations of dramatic action, cause the viewer to rethink their notions of ‘play’, ‘documentary’, ‘casting’ and the filmmaking process. This film is great for lovers of Shakespeare and for people unfamiliar with his work. The multi-ethnic cast and crew create an earthy visceral interpretation of the text, which opens up the work for all audiences.
It’s Shakespeare’s Macbeth for today’s multicultural audiences. It’s a deconstruction of Macbeth with world music, contemporary dance, and cinema verite. The drama of the play intertwines with the drama of the making of the film. It’s a film that is unlike any other interpretation of Macbeth.
Director Nadine Patterson is the 2016-17 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker at Robert Morris University. She is based in Philadelphia.
Saturday, November 5 6:30p Food & Social 7:00p Screening & Discussion