Creation: Yan Duyvendak & Roger Bernat
Production: Dreams Come True
“The members of the jury find the defendant Hamlet…”
Recent history and Elizabethan drama overlap in a unique fusion of theatre and legal trial. Real-life barristers, a judge, other legal professionals and a “jury” formed by the audience will take part in a “trial” of Hamlet for the murder of Polonius. The unscripted and interactive play by Roger Bernat and Yan Duyvendak awakens the audience’s sense of ethics, drawing them to realize how difficult it is to judge someone and giving them insight into how justice is administered.
Born in Holland, currently living in Geneva and Marseille. Trained at the École supérieure d’art visuel de Genève, he has been creating performances since 1995. His productions are regularly presented at leading European cultural institutions and events. His works have by now become part of numerous public and private collections. Yan Duyvendak is a three-time recipient of the “Swiss Art Award” (2002, 2003, 2004). Further prizes include the “Namics Kunstpreis für Neue Medien” (2004) and the “Network Kulturpreis” (2006). In 2010 he received the most prestigious Swiss award for contemporary art, the “Meret Oppenheim Preis”. He has been chosen as artist in residence on several occasions, taking him to Paris (Cité des Arts), Berlin (Atelier Schönhauser) and Cairo (Pro Helvetia).
For the years 2012 to 2014 – renew for the years 2015 to 2017, Compagnie Yan Duyvendak has received financial backing on the basis of a joint support agreement between the City and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Recently, he was awarded the Hans Reinhart Ring (Swiss Grand Award for Theatre) 2019, one of the most prestigious theatre awards in Switzerland.