11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"Hamlet, the Enduring Adventure." Talk by Professor Katy Stavreva.
In 1999, in the midst of devastating economic, financial, and political crises, a film-making team led by the Bulgarian screenwriter and producer Stanislav Semerdjiev and the American inventor of Virtual Cinema Greg Roach began shooting a film about Hamlet’s spiritual journey and effort to set right a time twisted “out of joint.” The location, an Alpine wilderness some 8,000 feet above sea level, matched the lofty artistic vision. Beleaguered by financial and logistical problems and near catastrophes, the film was abandoned, yet nine years later Semerdjiev managed to complete The Hamlet Adventure, a drama-documentary about the failure of the original project. Composed from the shards of crushed artistic aspirations, salvaged film stock, and the memories of a scattered company, this film is a declaration of the usefulness of the Hamlet myth in fostering individual and communal creative resistance to the dispiriting circumstances and mores of post-communism. The focus of the film, and of Prof. Stavreva’s HAIG talk, is “Hamletizement” – the imperative to create, sacrifice, reflect, and inspire others – as a definition of liberty. Contact: Rebecca Wines