Sifa 2022: Teater Ekamatra remakes Shakespeare with song and dance

Bangsawan Gemala Malam is the troupe's remaking of Shakespeare's comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. PHOTO: TUCKYS PHOTOGRAPHY
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The traditional Malay operatic theatre form of bangsawan may not, at first blush, seem a natural pairing for William Shakespeare. But this cross-cultural marriage works in Teater Ekamatra's oddball matchmaking scheme.

Bangsawan Gemala Malam is the troupe's remaking of Shakespeare's comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers crashing into a forest full of supernatural creatures offers a solid narrative foundation for the experiment.

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