Forests is one of the performances of the World Shakespeare Festival. Director Calixto Bieito decided to create a new play based on 20 writings of Shakespeare which tells us about the most known subjects that he wrote about. Youth, Love, Desire, Pain and Death.
We start in the forest from As You Like It where life is represented as a world of joy where you can play. But after 15 minutes this world starts to fall apart when death makes his first entrance and a heart is broken after the dead of a deer. The Seven Ages of Man sonnet recalls this theme and leads the audience to an even darker road. The tree in the middle of the stage is lifted, leaving nothing but a pile of sand. The stage becomes more frigid and the actors are entering a new, dark world which are variously representing King Lear’s cliffs of Dover, Macbeth’s moving forest of Birnan and Timons Athene. Rape, murder, violence and death overcomes and life doesn’t seem to be anything that it has been symbolized before.
The performance obviously has the forest as a theme. It represents the forests in a lot of Shakespeare´s plays but it also represents his subjects in one word; life.
Bieito choose for this aspect of Shakespeare because ‘’In Shakespeare, nature is everywhere: when he is speaking about human nature he is always using metaphors of nature. And when he is talking about nature itself he always uses examples of human nature. [...] Our intention was to create a plotless poetic landscape using all kind of fragments drawn from all kind of plays (historic, comedies, tragedies), where the forests, the trees, the forces of nature are protagonists.’’
The aspects that Bieito chose was a response to the text Shakespeare wrote. Besides, Bieito helps us understande that everything Shakespeare wrote is linked with each other but above all shows us one individual who is in need. That is what touched me, the individual need that we still recognise in our own lifes. But it touched me...