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Shakespeare festival kicks off with Haka dance

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:13

April 25 - Shakespeare festival starts in London with a performance of ''Troilus and Cressida'' in Maori language by New Zealand theatre company Ngakau Toa. Elly Park reports.

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It's Shakespeare like you've never seen or heard before. This rendition of "Troilus and Cressida" by New Zealand's Ngakau Toa theater company is performed in Maori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand. And this dance is Haka, the traditional war cry of the Maori people. It kicked off a marathon of the Bard's work at London's Globe theater titled "Globe to Globe" and is part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival. Thirty-seven companies from around the world will each perform a Shakespeare play here, all in a different language. In six weeks after the final curtain call all of the playwright's theatrical works will have been performed. Elly Park, Reuters.

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Shakespeare festival kicks off with Haka dance

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:13