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Choreographing Shakespeare
Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems

ISBN 9780815375975
Published October 24, 2019 by Routledge
208 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Choreographing Shakespeare presents a hitherto unexplored history of the choreographers and performers who have created dance adaptations of Shakespeare.

This book investigates forty dance works in genres such as ballet, modern dance, and hip-hop, produced between 1940 and 2016 by choreographers in Britain, America, and Europe, all of which use Shakespeare’s plays and Sonnets as their source material. By combining scholarly analysis of these productions with practice-based conversations from six contemporary choreographers, Klett offers both breadth of coverage and in-depth analysis of how Shakespeare’s poetic language is translated into the usually wordless medium of dance, and shows exactly how these dance adaptations move beyond the Shakespearean texts to engage with musical and choreographic influences.

Ideal for students of Shakespeare and Dance Studies, Choreographing Shakespeare explores how dance adaptations strive to design legible and intelligible stories, while ultimately celebrating the beauty of pure movement.

Table of Contents

List of Figures  Acknowledgments  Introduction  1. Choreographing Gender, Power, and Desire in Dance Adaptations of the Comedies  Interview with Stanton Welch – Romeo and Juliet  2. Creating and Transcending Traditions in Dance Versions of Romeo and Juliet  Interviews with Doug Elkins and Paul Vasterling – Othello and Macbeth  3. Staging Psychological Trauma in Dance Adaptations of the Tragedies  Interviews with Stephen Mills and Dominic Walsh – Hamlet and Titus Andronicus  4. My Heart Dances: Choreographing Light and Dark in the Late Romances  Interview with David Bintley – The Tempest  5. Poetry in Motion: Dancing the Sonnets  Conclusion  Appendix A: Production Details  Appendix B: Glossary of Dance Terms  Index

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Elizabeth Klett is Professor of Literature at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, USA. She is the author of Cross-Gender Shakespeare and English National Identity: Wearing the Codpiece (2009), and numerous articles on adaptations of Shakespeare for theatre, dance, film, and television.