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- 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
Through the themes of literacy and polysemanticism, materiality and signification, this chapter investigates the creative and rehearsal processes of the choreography for David Nixon’s ballet Hamlet (2008) for Northern Ballet, United Kingdom. The chapter investigates the planning process, research and development sessions, choreographic approaches, dramaturgical guidance, and scenographic choices in this work. Questions are raised about the semiotic, aesthetic, and creative approaches of the choreographer and devising team. In Hamlet the ballet, the sociology of the original play and change of location—i.e. dominance of Nazism, ideology, historical conflict—influenced the creative process and the spectator’s reception of the work. But in what other ways can a non-text-based medium communicate the essence of the play?
Jo Butterworth is Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Malta.
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