- Copyright Page
- Introduction to Part I: Shakespeare <i>and</i> Dance
- “The Heaven’s True Figure” or an “Introit to All Kind of Lewdness”?: Competing Conceptions of Dancing in Shakespeare’s England
- Decoding Dance in Shakespeare’s <i>Much Ado about Nothing</i> and <i>Twelfth Night</i>
- “When the Play Is Done, You Shall Have a Jig or Dance of All Treads”: Danced Endings on Shakespeare’s Stage
- “The Revellers Are Entering”: Shakespeare and Masquing Practice in Tudor and Stuart England
- We Are All Made: The Socioeconomics of <i>The Two Noble Kinsmen</i>’s Anti-Masque Morris Dance
- <i>The Merchant of Venice</i>’s Missing Masque: Absence, Touch, and Religious Residues
- Shakespeare’s Dancing Bodies: The Case of Romeo
- Dancing with Perdita: The Choreography of Lost Time in <i>The Winter’s Tale</i>
- “The Wisdom of Your Feet”: Dance and Rhetoric on the Shakespearean Stage
- [They Dance]: Collaborative Authorship and Dance in <i>Macbeth</i>
- Dancing with the Archive: Early Dance for Shakespearean Adaptation
- Introduction to Part II: Shakespeare <i>as</i> Dance
- Shakespeare, Modernism, and Dance
- Dance in the Broadway Musicals of Shakespeare: Balanchine, Holm, and Robbins
- “Thou Art Translated”: Affinity, Emulation, and Translation in George Balanchine’s <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i>
- “Hildings and Harlots”: Kenneth MacMillan’s <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>
- Shakespeare Ballets in Germany: From Jean-Georges Noverre to John Neumeier
- “Therefore Ha’ Done with Words”: Shakespeare and Innovative British Ballets
- Measure in Everything: Adapting <i>Hamlet</i> to the Contemporary Dance Stage
- <i>Hamlet</i>, The Ballet: Examining a Choreographic Process
- Haunted by <i>Hamlet</i>: Devising William Forsythe’s <i>Sider</i>
- Dancing Her Death: Dada Masilo’s <i>The Bitter End of Rosemary</i> (2011) as a South African Contemporary Rethinking of <i>Hamlet</i>’s Ophelia
- Embodiment, Reciprocity, and Reception: Shakespeare Adaptations in a Black Atlantic Context
- Shakespeare and <i>L.O.V.E.</i>: Dance and Desire in the <i>Sonnets</i>
- Incorporating the Text: John Farmanesh-Bocca’s <i>Pericles Redux</i> and Crystal Pite’s <i>The Tempest Replica</i>
- “A Delightful Measure or a Dance”: Synetic Theater and Physical Shakespeare
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the intersection of modernist aesthetics and danced adaptations of Shakespeare in the twentieth century. It situates the discussion in a wide spectrum of danced interpretations, but focuses primarily on the attenuated narratives and economic form of three one-act danced versions of the tragedies: Robert Helpmann’s Hamlet (1942), José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane (1949, based on Othello), and Limón and Pauline Koner’s Barren Sceptre (1960, based on Macbeth). The article explores the way in which all three respond to modernist psychological and skeptical interpretations of the plays that drive not only the presentation of character, but also the spatial design of the choreography. The chapter considers how these pieces also exploit Shakespeare’s individual presentation of nonlinguistic forms of communication.
Susan Jones is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Hilda’s College. She has published widely on Joseph Conrad, nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s writing, the periodical press, and modernism. Formerly a soloist with the Scottish Ballet, Glasgow, she also writes on the history and aesthetics of dance. She is the founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford and author of Literature, Modernism, and Dance (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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