Walking with Othello and Jago

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The shakespearian walks in Venice, Verona and Padua are the new activity of the "Shakespeare in Veneto" project born in 2016 celebrating the 400 years after William Shakespeare's death, representing Shakespeare's works in the cities of the Veneto Region where they were set by the author.

The project Shakespeare in Veneto is a collaboration between Ornella Naccari, P.R. Marketing – Communication and Casa Shakespeare, theatrical production center of Verona under the artistic direction of Solimano Pontarollo,  

During the shakespearian walks, actor and actresses perform in original English language or in Italian. Guide explain in Italian or English but also in French, German and Spanish.

A walk with the Moor of Venice

In our walk with Othello, the moor of Venice, and Jago, we will let our imagination wander in a “fantasy itinerary”, as it is well known that this tragedy takes place mainly in Cipro. But for sure we won’t miss some real historical spots mentioned in the plot, like the Doge’s Palace, as well as some traditional stories and legends (not so fantasy, by the way) that indicate specific buildings in Venice as Desdemona’s House and also the Moor’s house.

But why walking “with Othello AND Jago”? Because this “one man show” will see our Solimano Pontarollo featuring both of them: half Jago and half Othello.

The meeting point is an amazing site: Campo della Salute, with its magnificent church but, most important now, with the direct view in front of us of Cà Contarini Fasan, traditionally indicated as Desdemona’s house. Here Jago starts his monologue, beginning to lay the groundwork for his vile trick. In Punta della Dogana Otello, staring at the Doge’s Palace (the only real location in the tragedy) declaim his self defence against the accuse of having seduced Desdemona with a spell.

From Punta della Dogana we move along the Zattere waterfront together with evil Jago, walking together with us. Along the way you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the islands of San Giorgio and Giudecca, until we reach Campo Sant’Agnese, ideally representing the island of Cipro and the dispute among Jago, Cassio and Othello. We go on to Campo San Trovaso, where Jago fill Othello with jealousy for am unreal affair between Desdemona and Cassio. On with another stop in Campo dei Carmini: here, in front of his house (ancient legends want it to be house number 2615) we will assist to Othello’s deep despair and to the tragic end of the story.

 

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