American Shakespeare Company Workshops

American Shakespeare Company Workshops

January 28, 2014

“When You Do Dance” —An ASC Approach to Dance and Choreography  Monday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m., OP 310. 
Contact David Goyette.

Shakespeare’s use of dance in plays such as Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream shows that he possessed an intimacy with the specific requirements of each step and gesture in specific moments in his plays. Students will learn about Elizabethan concepts of dance and the symbolism of dancing in the plays. The class will discuss ways of presenting the dances now considering their purpose and the director’s vision. An interdisciplinary workshop suitable for a range of audiences.

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“Within This Wooden O” —Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions (ASC Style) Monday, Feb. 10, 3:45 p.m. Baldwin 231
This overview workshop considers staging from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, As You Like it and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the context of the early modern stage and demonstrates Shakespeare’s expertise in writing for his playhouses’ conditions. Topics covered include: audience contact, playing darkness and the supernatural, hiding on the early modern stage, and asides. Excellent for classes of all types, especially those new to the American Shakespeare Center’s performance practices.

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