TANGO MACBETH premieres at the RITZ 5 to kick off its national tour 7:30pm Thursday January 23rd, 2014. Tickets are $13 via Tugg.com. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this groundbreaking film. Director Nadine Patterson, and composer Lenny Seidman will be present for a Q&A following the screening. It is the only scheduled screening for the city of Philadelphia in 2014. RITZ 5 movie theater is located at 2nd and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia PA 19106. It is accessible via SEPTA.
This is a fundraiser in honor of PHILADANCO. When you reserve your ticket, we encourage you to make a donation of $10, $25, $50 or $100 towards PHILADANCO (a 501 c3 organization). Ninety- percent of your donation is tax deductible.
PHILADANCO Founder/Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown accepts the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama — the nation’s highest civic honor for excellence in the arts — at a ceremony that took place July 10th, 2013 at the White House.
Rooted in African-American cultural traditions, PHILADANCO’s mission is to present the highest quality of professional dance performance and improve the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, consistently performing for audiences representing an amalgamation of people from diverse communities. PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Inherent in our mission is a commitment to empowering youth with crucial leadership and development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life. For more information please go to http://www.philadanco.org/.
We hope to see you at this event. We are thankful for your continued support. — Carmella Vassor-Johnson and Nadine Patterson, Event Organizers
TANGO MACBETH is coming to a theater near you through Tugg! Click on this link to follow the film and be notified when TANGO MACBETH comes to your town. You can also work with us and Tugg to host a screening of the film. Watch this space for more information.
“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.
It’s official. Tango Macbeth will have it’s New York City Premiere at the 20th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival November 23 to December 9th, 2012. I will post the dates as soon as they are made public. Congrats to everyone who made this film possible. See you in New York City!
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.