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'Moving Performances'

This collection of images was assembled from dance and movement performance adaptations of Shakespeare. As Mark Fortier notes in his article on Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers' adaptation, there is a long tradition of setting Shakespeare to music, including Verdi's Otello and Falstaff and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (45). Included here are images from The Garden (2001), Tom Stroud's dance adaptation of Hamlet; The Faerie Queen (2000), the ballet adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream by John Murrell and John Alleyne; and Aureola Part 1: Prologue (1998), a movement performance art adaptation of Measure for Measure by Chad Demski. all these performances posit the question of the extent to which the verbal play that is so much a part of Shakespearean theatre can be translated by movement and gestural language. Adaptive contexts that "move" Shakespeare into the choreographed space of the body on stage suggest an extended notion of adaptation as a material practice of re-inscription.

Fortier, Mark. "Dancing With Shakespeare." Canadian Theatre Review 111 (Summer 2002): 43-45.

The Garden (2001), Tom Stroud
Performed at the Gas Station Theatre in Winnipeg by Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers. The Garden was inspired by Hamlet.

  Dan Wild as Hamlet
 Dan Wild
Hamlet and Ophelia 

The Faerie Queen (2000), John Murrell and John Alleyne

The Faerie Queen: Inside Ballet British Columbia (2002), directed by Catheryn Robertson.

Poster for The Faerie Queen ballet,
performed by Ballet British Columbia
Puck (Emily Molnar) and Theseus (Edmund Kilpatrick)
Photo by David Cooper
Emily Molnar as Puck
Photo by David Cooper

Aureola Part 1: Prologue (1998), Chad Dembsk

OOmph!! Group

Photo by Dawn Severenuk
Photo by Dawn Severenuk
Photo by Dawn Severenuk


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