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Perchei sei tu?: Lindsay Kemp's "gift of memory"

Bessell, JE (2015) Perchei sei tu?: Lindsay Kemp's "gift of memory" In: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life The Boundaries of Civic Space. Routledge Studies in Shakespeare (13). Routledge, pp. 260-277. ISBN 1138839981

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Perchei sei tu?, Lindsay Kemp’s dance-theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet uses dance, recorded music and live commentary in place of Shakespeare’s text to refresh W.B. Worthen’s concept of “Shakespearean performativity” creating a civic event and an instance of inductive theatre. This discussion offers a close reading of this workshop production, and draws comparisons between Kemp’s use of a masterclass as prologue to the main action in Perchei sei tu? and a similar framing device used by choreographer Antonio Gades in Carlos Saura’s 1981 film Bodas de sangre. The discussion goes on to use Bogart and Landau’s Viewpoints as a framework within which to examine Kemp’s use of spatial relationship and repetition of gesture. The chapter closes with an analysis of Kemp’s production in the light of Peter Brook’s manifesto The Empty Space, arguing that Perchei sei tu? blurs a complex of boundaries, between preparation and performance, between locus and platea, between real and imagined Veronas.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Guildford School of Acting
Authors :
Bessell, JE
Editors :
Bigliazzi, S
Calvi, L
Date : 29 September 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : Literary Criticism
Additional Information : Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis. Full text may be available at a later date.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 11 Nov 2015 12:20
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 10:38

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