JANUARY 23RD, 2014—- Philly RITZ 5 Theatrical Premiere of TANGO MACBETH! Photography by Stephanie Malson. Thanks to the Philly community for all of your support! Thanks for showing your love! Thanks for traversing the snow and surviving the cold. Audience members ranged in age from 7 months to 85+ years old. The Tugg.com event sold 204 tickets! This is a dream come true for me as a filmmaker. Thank you one and all!— Nadine Patterson, TANGO MACBETH
Good Day HipCinema Friends,
The snow has melted and we are heading into the last days for ticket reservations for TANGO MACBETH. We MUST reach 111 ticket sales or the screening will be cancelled. We are offering a DVD to each person that organizes a group of 10 or more people to attend the Jan. 23rd screening at the Ritz 5 http://www.tugg.com/go/zzkfxw. So if you include the ticket(s) you have already reserved and get additional friends to join (up to a total of at least 10) you get a Tango Macbeth DVD. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and include a list of names/or # of the people who will join you at the event and the name of your organization/group. We encourage you to call people over the phone or make the request face to face as well as email, FaceBook or text. Go to www.tangomacbeth.com for more information on the film. Again thank you for your support. See you at the Ritz!
“We, the viewers, are invited to engage in the film’s tango of power, responsibility, and consequences through director Nadine Patterson’s artistic choices to recast and re-present Shakespeare’s Macbeth in ways that reflect cultural histories and rhythms with African and multicultural roots.” —- Dr. Joan May T. Cordova @ForCommunities
TANGO MACBETH is officially available for educators, college and high school, through TransitMedia. Click here to purchase. This innovative film is perfect for teaching MACBETH within the 21st Century classroom. A study guide is available for free at this link.
Macbeth- deconstructed- Tango Macbeth is a visceral, fluid, energetic re-imagining of this classic tragedy for a 21st Century multicultural world.
Synopsis of the film: 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.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth was originally set in 11th Century Scotland at a time of great upheaval. Duncan’s army has just defeated the Norwegians, and General Macbeth has received a new title and lands in acknowledgment of his victories on the war field. But the Witches have told Macbeth and his co-commander Banquo that one day Macbeth will be king, and Banquo will be mother to a line of Kings (unknown to most, Banquo had an affair with Duncan and her son Fleance is an illegitimate heir to the throne).
Macbeth writes of this prophesy to his wife Lady Macbeth. She is thrilled at the news and plots a way to gain the throne sooner as opposed to later- by any means necessary.
Eventually the Macbeths kill King Duncan and anyone who stands in their way. Macbeth even goes so far as to have his friend Banquo murdered. At the first major social affair where the Macbeths are King and Queen, Banquo’s Ghost comes to dinner and haunts Macbeth. But Macbeth remains resolute and continues to have friends and families killed to solidify his position on the throne. But the killing takes a toll on Lady Macbeth, who goes mad and eventually commits suicide after she learns of the slaughter of Macduff’s wife and children.
In the final scenes Macduff vows revenge for the destruction of his family and attacks the Macbeth estate.
The idea of a tango dance, with multiple partners, each coupling has it’s own intensity and power dynamics. The word tango comes from the Congo in central Africa and means drum circle. A place where people in the community are invited to dance and share. We use the word tango in this literal sense. The film audience is invited into a space to experience and share. The music is very percussive, keeping in line with the traditional African drum music used in tango circles.
Our version of Macbeth differs from Shakespeare’s in the following manner:
a) Banquo is played as a woman
b) Teenage boy parts, such as Fleance, are played by women
c) The cast comes from various cultural backgrounds
d) The drama of the play intersects with the drama of making the film
e) We reference various cultures in the music, set design, costume, and shooting style of the film.
f) The center of the story is the family drama of the Macbeths and the Macduffs.
g) We start the film in the middle of the play where Macduff discovers the King has been murdered.