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In Collaboration with the Carolina Ballet’s spring 2016 performances of The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 29-30, 2016

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 creative director Robert Weiss and composer J. Mark Scearce as they discuss the creation of the libretto and original score for Macbeth. Mary Floyd-Wilson will take an historical approach toward reading this classic text, while Megan Matchinske will explore the myriad ways Shakespeare’s works have been adapted in various media. Duane Cyrus will then delve more deeply into the ways that dance is being used to interpret Shakespeare, and how ballet in particular can help us understand the Bard in new ways. A roundtable discussion will bring these varied scholars into conversation on adaptation and innovation of classic literature.

Topics & Speakers

Political and Gendered Bodies in Macbeth
Mary Floyd-Wilson, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Creating Carolina Ballet’s Macbeth
Robert Weiss, Artistic Director, Carolina Ballet
J. Mark Scearce, Composer, Carolina Ballet

Artistic Adaptation of Shakespeare: Lady Macbeth Through Film and Across Time
Megan Matchinske, Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Translating Shakespeare in American Dance: Contemporary Perspectives on Classic Works
Duane Cyrus, Associate Professor of Dance and Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow, UNC-Greensboro

A Classic Never Dies: Adaptation and Interpretation of Shakespeare
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 through 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016. The tuition is $125 ($110 by February 2). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by February 2). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner is $20.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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