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Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0009  Tuesday, 2 January 2001

[1]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Dec 2000 14:09:13 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

[2]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Saturday, 30 Dec 2000 16:33:23 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS


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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Dec 2000 14:09:13 -0500
Subject: 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

> > Taymor is a designer, not a director.

If this implies that Taymor entered theatre by way of the visual arts, I
believe it to be mistaken.  The Boston Children's Theatre, a venerable
institution whose traveling troupe is made up of performers 10-17, is
proud to claim Taymor as one of its graduates.

Geralyn Horton, Playwright
Newton, Mass. 02460
<http://www.tiac.net/users/ghorton>

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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Saturday, 30 Dec 2000 16:33:23 +0000
Subject: 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2379 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

The recent hot discussion on the above film has brought about a certain
polarity between, shall we say, "professors" and "performers".  It is my
view that such a dichotomy exists in this list but it should not
degenerate into a civil war with one side or the other being vanquished
and silenced.   We know this division exists, as it will always exist,
and to take the view that one is worthless whilst the other is next to
Godliness merely precipitates the battle that will produce not one
trophy.

I, unashamedly, count myself on the performer side.  This means I am not
an academic, nor will I ever be.  It is not my nature and I have no
interest to be so.  I react with my emotions.  My emotions in turn react
with my memory of everything I have seen and everybody I have met.  That
is how Shakespeare comes to me.  Looking into Shakespeare's face is like
looking in the mirror.  It is emotionally inescapable.  I would make a
poor and unreliable academic.

However, I will never despise the "professors" for being what I cannot
be.  Their efforts will always result greater illumination brought about
by ever more detailed study of text and associated literature.  When
preparing for my Sonnet film series I was truly grateful for John
Kerrigan's cool and deliberate interpretation without which I would have
been way off course.

And this is the whole point.  In ideal times the two sides compliment
each other wonderfully.  Each knows their strengths and are painfully
aware of their weaknesses.  If our two sides represent what could be
called the "Shakespeare Industry" then it exists wholly because of the
ticket buying public.  In them there is precious little academic
opinion.  We all rely on Shakespeare performance.

So once again I find myself disagreeing with the bold Mr Jensen and the
troubling Mr Pervez Rizvi who believes that a valid Shakespeare reaction
should be vetted by him and his dubious University.  I am surprised he
can count all the way to ten.

We all need each other.  We need to respond to each other's
differences.  We also need to differentiate between that which can be
measured/discovered, such as "was Shakespeare a Catholic and did he
lapse?", and other questions such as "what's Hamlet all about?", which
has no clear answer except a way of travelling through life and a
certain way of looking at this wide and wicked world.

Happy New Year to all

SAM SMALL
 

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