Billy´s Violence - a tragedy in ten chapters
“Quentin Tarantino is a choirboy by comparison to the sheer brutality evoked by Shakespeare.”
- Director Jan Lauwers
Shakespeare is the most read and performed writer the world has ever known. And yet many of the bard’s plays are virtually unperformable due to their violence, gruesomeness, racism and misogyny. A fierce brutality Shakespeare used to lure the audience into his theater and away from the streets of London, which were then filled with executions, dogfights, burning women and more violence.
In Billy's Violence, ten of Shakespeare's classics are sensitively rewritten into violently loving, intimate dialogues in which the woman is the central focus, stripped of any historical reference or anecdotal content. Romeo & Juliet, King Lear and Othello are three of the ten tragedies that Needcompany explores to find out how we view violence as an element of entertainment today.
Billy's Violence is presented in a collaboration between Musikhuset Aarhus and ILT Festival.