Det Ferösche Compagnie (DFC) is developing its most ambitious production to date: the staging of the tragedy of Hamlet, premiering in autumn 2019. The title of the production is Funeral, the Tragedy of Hamlet and it will be a feast of sorrow and death and an exploration of funeral rites in the Faroe Islands.
At the end of the Shakespeare´s play, before Hamlet draws his last breath, he says to Horatio:
O God, Horatio, what a wounded name, Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me! If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity a while, And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain To tell my story.
DFC´s production therefore puts Horatio in the centre of the performance and has him tell Hamlet’s story.
In early November the DFC members will meet to do prep-work and devicing for the next DFC project with the work title "Lykkenborg". "Lykkenborg" refers to the extraordinary building in the pictures below that a man called Lykken built all by himself close to the lake between Miðvág and Sørvág on the island Vágoy in the Faroe Islands. "Lykkenborg" means Happy Castle in English, however, whether or how "happy" will be part of the theatre performance that DFC will create remains to be seen.
The inspiration behind the theatre piece REGN dates back to a myth from the middle ages in the Faroe Island about a young couple whose relationship is challenged by strict religious beliefs and harsh living conditions. In DFC’s REGN the story is set in the 1950s and combines live music, theatre and dance in a poetic and nostalgic performance set in the cold rocks of the Faroe Islands. The performance combines a sense of isolation and survival in the young couple’s story where naïve love turns into naïve sacrifice.
Operation Valentine (OV) is the name of the British invasion of the Faroe Islands on the 11 April 1940, and in 2015 Det Ferösche Compagnie made a new performance to mark the 75th anniversary of the invasion. The aim of the performance is to give an artistic portrey of the influence that the Birtish invasion had on Faroese culture.
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