The enduring appeal of the work of William Shakespeare is evident in the number of different ways it has been revived, adapted and reimagined over the centuries. Ballet has long been a natural medium through which performers capture the drama of Shakespeare and translate it in innovative ways. This seminar partners with the Carolina Ballet’s Spring 2016 tribute to Shakespeare by featuring founding artistic director of the ballet Robert Weiss and composer J. Mark Scearce as they discuss the creation of the libretto and original score for Macbeth.
A round table discussion will bring various scholars into conversation on adaptation and innovation of classic literature. Mary Floyd-Wilson is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will take a historical approach toward reading this classic text, while Megan Matchinske, professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, will explore the myriad ways Shakespeare’s works have been adapted in various media. Duane Cyrus, associate professor at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will then delve more deeply into the ways that dance is being used to interpret Shakespeare. He will explore how ballet in particular can help us understand the Bard in new ways.
This seminar is presented by the Program in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit the seminar event page. Registration is required and can be completed on the website.