Sintang Dalisay is Tanghalang Ateneo’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the Sama-Bajau dance tradition. A theatrical adaptation of the metrical romance Ang Sitang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo by G. D. Roke.Read More
In this post, three reviewers report on a Twelfth Night and a Julius Caesar in Armenian translation, a comic Iranian version of Macbeth, and a Shakespeare-themed dance performance, as the Armenian Shakespeare Association's conference Shakespeare 400: The Enigma of Endurance coincided with the annual Shakespeare Theatre Festival in Yerevan.Read More
“Following the stunning international success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns with a ballet every bit as lavishly imagined, boldly expressed and consummately entertaining as the earlier work. Turning again to a classic work of English literature for inspiration, Mr. Wheeldon has adapted The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late romance that combines elements of fairy-tale, comedy, tragedy and fantasy, all of which the ballet embraces with the same inventive staging, astute characterization and precise emotional register for which the choreographer is so admired.” –description from the National Ballet websiteRead More
“The eternal lesson of the tragedy of Macbeth is that a misconceived sense of vocation, a pathological ambition and a false ruling spirit, create destructive figures with distorted spirits. Both in the chronicles of history and these days, people appear who have seized power by force, deceit or by craftiness. When we suffer because of amateur and bad leaders above us, Shakespeare gives us comforting justice with the tragedy of Macbeth. The Shakespeare work, which originally comes from the Medieval, Celtic Holinshed chronicle, is permeated by the mystical tone and mysterious atmosphere of legends full of violent deeds and haunting sense of guilt. The world of superstitions and visions, the mystery of the Shakespeare work and the richness of motifs and symbols provide excellent raw material for dance and the art of movement.”Read More
“In honor of the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Jessica Lang Dance will present the NY premiere of Sweet Silent Thought, inspired by five of the Master's sonnets. The work features readings of Sonnets 30, 40, 64, 71 and 105.” –description from Broadway World (link below, in “Selected Reviews and Media Coverage”).Read More
This production moved Shakespeare's Macbeth into the present day and thrust Lady Macbeth into the spotlight. Combining ballet, street, contemporary dance, Latin, poetry, prose and British Sign language for the deaf, South West Dance Theatre retold the classic tale. In this version, it was Lady Macbeth who found her natural drive and motivations displaced, forfeiting virtue and honour for a more meteoric career.
South West Dance Theatre is a Bristol-based collective that promotes diversity in dance through eclectic home-grown choreography drawing on a range of styles from ballet and contemporary to street, jazz and Latin. As well as performing to audiences in a range of venues from theatres to festivals, the company brings their fresh expressive dance theatre to a variety of subjects from the physics of light to Shakespeare. In April 2016, the company also led a Macbeth-inspired dance workshop for pupils at Elmfield School for Deaf.Read More
Following her work with director Carrie Cracknell on the Young Vic production of Macbeth (November 2015 - January 2016), Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin returned to the play in her dance piece Tomorrow. The performance featured an original score by composer, sound and multimedia artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) and aimed to "[give] physical life to the psychological conflict that led Macbeth to murder." Tomorrow "[re-imagined] Shakespeare's Macbeth - mapping out the actions of the characters alongside the illusory, supernatural and psychological disturbances of the play embodied by the cast of 'witches'."Read More
Morecambe’s first Shakespearean festival is set to run over the weekend of Shakespeare’s birthday. Alongside theatrical performances there will also be music, dance events, art and poetry readings. The theatrical productions include: Twelve Nights; Romeo and Juliet; Shakespearean Murder Mystery; Puck’s Dream; A Shakespeare Gallery; Henry V; The Tempest; and The Play’s the Thing.Read More
“The Shakespeare Forumexpands its programming in 2016 to present an unpublished version of Macbeth, signed by award-winning English actor Greg Hicks and one of the leading names in The Royal Shakespeare Company. The cast is made up of nine Brazilian actors. Selected by Hicks himself, these actors went through a process of auditions that received about 650 submissions. Of this total, some were selected by the SP School of Theater and 36 professionals underwent an intense training on Shakespeare, taught by Bernadeth Alves. Greg, who already has a dialogue with Brazil, invited the master of capoeiraCarlo Alexandre Teixeira to be his assistant director looking to create an innovative and unusual version of Macbeth . Another Brazilian involved in the assembly is the playwright from Ceará Marcos Barbosa.” –description from the People’s Palace Projects websiteRead More
This performance explores Lady Macbeth in all her magnificent complexity. Four performers play facets of Lady Macbeth in constant conflict, using Kathak dance, movement, text from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Hindustani classical folk and tribal music to create a piece that is as much constantly improvised as directed in performance. With references to figures from Indian mythology such as Putana and Shakti, this piece examines what it means to be feminine or de-feminised through the contradictions within this complex character.Read More
Created for the Catford-upon-Avon festival, 'Painted Blind' takes its title from Helena's lines “Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind/ And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind” in A Midsummer Night's Dream 1.1. The performance is “a danced journey through Shakespeare's lovers, with all the feeling, heartbreak and turmoil of the characters on the page,” offering its audience the opportunity to “watch the bard's beautiful disasters unravel” in an “imaginative physical retelling.”Read More
"Tormentor. Mistress. Muse. The Datura Collective presents an adaptation of Shakespeare’s latter sonnets. As the romantic, loving fair maiden is stained jet black, a fixation that defies the poet’s reason takes hold. Combining his story with spoken word, music and dance the Sonnets are reimagined and woven together depicting a tale of love, lust and desire as Shakespeare’s elegant verse situates itself in a mire of sexual angst and betrayal."
A new commission for the Catford-Upon-Avon Festival.
This is a dance-theatre piece that subsumes the narrative of Romeo and Juliet into the urban street culture of Johannesburg. The production premiered in 2015 and enjoyed an international tour in Germany. Its ongoing success this year means it will likely tour again in the coming months.Read More
The adaptation is created for twelve dancers and a quintet of musicians. Theshow is inspired by the well known Shakespearean tragedy. Contemporary dance and tango interact to give birth to an increasingly compelling show, featuring fantastic dancers and “argentinian tangueros.”Read More
From Buenos Aires, the city that celebrated Latin America's first Shakespeare festival, we kick off a series of activities, tributes, celebrations and festivals... commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. There will also be an equivalent number of events related to the works of Cervantes... who died on the same day and year as Shakespeare.Read More