Ophelia’s death – Art Installation & performance

World Bodypainting Festival _Installation Art Award by Elena Tagliapietra
1st july 2016_4.30 pm_somewhere near the lake…


Ophelia’s death performance by Elena Tagliapietra

Oh, poor me! That I have see what I had to see, that I see what I see now!Heaven! Love! Freedom! What a dream, oh poor crazed Girl! You melted to him as snow does to a fire; Your great visions strangled your words- And fearful Infinity terrified your blue eye!

The concept of the performance

The poet Rimbaud‘s words lead us directly to the tragedy of Ophelia, the victim of an inhuman power hypocritical and petty, described by Shakespeare in “Hamlet.”

Ophelia – who “Realized wonderful garlands of daisies, wallflowers, nettles and long red orchids …” – will pay with madness and leaving her die in the water, feeling rejected and criticized for her femininity. A way of living far from falsehood who had make her not able to control her own destiny. Elena wants to recall her iconic image, as many illustrious Predecessors did, and reinterpret it in an artistic performance with body painting, dance, recorded voices, music.

Why Elena Tagliapietra choose ‘Ophelia’

In the year where all the world is celebrating the 400th anniversary from the death of Shakespeare, Elena Tagliapietra wants to underline an ancient problem nowadays is still not solved Been all around the world: the fullness of equal gender rights.

A creation by _ Elena Tagliapietra
Performer _ Laura Magnan
Recorded voices _Mattia Sebastian & Claudia Lawrence
Music _ Mattia Corso Mattia Mattews
First Assistant_ Greta Giorgetti
Text _ William Shakespeare & Arthur Rimbaud
With the patronage of The Chelko Foundation
Special thanks for video & photos to Bella Volen, Josh David Lim

Recorded Voices:

 by Elena Tagliapietra

Ophelia’s death – art performance by Elena Tagliapietra


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