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Breakdancing Shakespeare

Hamlet

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August 10-12, 2015 | 7:00pm
University of St. Joseph
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Hamlet is the story of a young prince faced with a truth he finds intolerable: he learns that his uncle/new step-father is the one responsible for his father’s recent death, and what’s perhaps worse, this smiling murderer is now King.  How do we face the intolerable? What do we do when hypocrisy and injustice seem to surround us?  How do we know what’s true and do what’s right in a world where appearances are all that matter?


Meet the Cast  

Dana Clarke, East Hartford

Dana Clarke
Laertes
East Hartford

Jarriel DeJesus, Hartford

Jarriel DeJesus
Bernardo/Osric
Hartford

Gabriella Dominguez, Glastonbury

Gabriella Dominguez
Dance Company
Glastonbury

Emma Webb, Canton

Emma Webb
Dance Company
Canton

Reese Hart, Bloomfield

Reese Hart
Hamlet
Bloomfield

Danielle Hoffman, Farmington

Danielle Hoffman
Gertrude
Farmington

Daisy Infantas, Hartford

Daisy Infantas
Ophelia
Hartford

Alana Morgan, Hartford

Alana Morgan
Horatio
Hartford

Ashley Morgan, Hartford

Ashley Morgan
Polonius
Hartford

Diego Pichay, South Windsor

Diego Pichay
Guildenstern
South Windsor

Jewels Rivera, New Britain

Jewels Rivera
Marcellus/Dance Company
New Britain

Kaleb Rutland, Manchester

Kaleb Rutland
Ghost/Gravedigger
Manchester

Lili St. Amand, West Hartford

Lili St. Amand
Rosencrantz
West Hartford

Benjamin Stone, East Grandby

Benjamin Stone
Claudius
East Granby

Karina Ukhnitska, New Britain

Karina Ukhnitska
Dance Company
New Britain

   

View photographs from 2014’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

What is Breakdancing Shakespeare?

Created in 2006, in conjunction with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program, Breakdancing Shakespeare is a paid, six-week summer apprenticeship for students ages 14 through 19 from the Greater Hartford area. Over the course of the program, students learn techniques of breakdancing, physical and vocal characterization, movement, and interpretation of classical text. The students use these skills to put a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play which culminates in an exciting, high-energy public performance geared toward making Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages.

Production History:

  • 2014: Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • 2013: Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • 2012: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2011: The Tempest
  • 2010: Macbeth
  • 2009: The Comedy of Errors
  • 2008: Antony & Cleopatra 
  • 2007: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2006: Romeo & Juliet