Dennis Kennedy, ‘Shakespeare and Globalized Performance’ Thursday March 6, 2014, 11:00-12:15

March 4, 2014

Members of the MEM-UM community may be interested in this lecture by Dennis Kennedy, ‘Shakespeare and globalized performance’, coming up on Thursday, 11:00-12:15 in room 2804 in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

Dennis Kennedy
‘Shakespeare and globalized performance’
Thursday March 6, 2014, 11:00-12:15
School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Room, #2804

One of the most significant Shakespearian developments in the past fifteen years has been the great expansion of productions seen internationally, outside the countries of their origins. Unlike the film industry, the trend to globalized theatre cannot rely on an existing method of distribution. The theatrical version is dependent on spectator travel, the growing willingness of festivals to sponsor visiting productions, and a general cultural interest in the foreign, all of which involve larger issues of globalization, tourism, language, and interculturalism. Drawing on productions from Europe and Asia, this lecture treats some of the major complications of globalized Shakespeare performance. Reference will also to be made to Kennedy’s own production of As You Like It in Beijing in 2005.

Dennis Kennedy is Beckett Professor of Drama Emeritus in Trinity College Dublin. He is the author or editor of many award-winning books, notably Looking at Shakespeare, Foreign Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Asia,The Spectator and the Spectacle, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, and The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance. He lectures and gives acting workshops around the world, and has held distinguished visiting professorships at universities from Berlin to Beijing. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea, he has frequently worked as a playwright and dramaturg in professional theatres internationally. He also writes fiction; in the past year seven of his short stories have appeared in American literary magazines.

Directions to room 2804:

If you enter CSPAC through the front doors, go up the grand staircase and walk all the way to the glass doors at the rear of the building. Look right and you will see the sign for the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies above a set of glass doors. Enter the doors, turn left and enter the Theatre Offices wing. Inside the wing there is a small kitchen on the left and next to it is room 2804. Everyone is welcome.