2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0324  Thursday, 20 February 2003

[1]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 12:10:27 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel

[2]     From:   Claude Caspar <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 15:47:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel

[3]     From:   Merri Neidorff <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:06:06 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel


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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 12:10:27 +0000
Subject: 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel

>Hmmmm... "The Tempest in Space"... that rings a bell somewhere...

Well, the obvious antecedents are the 'Forbidden Planet' film and the
novel, 'Shakespeare's Planet', by Clifford D. Simak.  And I'm sure that
'The Tempest' has been appropriated in other Sci-Fi works.  Can anybody
name some?

Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast

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From:           Claude Caspar <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 15:47:15 -0500
Subject: 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel

I believe "Lost in Space" based an episode on it, and at least two Star
Treks. I think its works better in a pre-Industrial world, where, as
Marlowe pioneered, alchemy stands for [Faustian] science.

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From:           Merri Neidorff <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:06:06 -0500
Subject: 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0309 Re: Representing Ariel

In November of last year, the NJ Shakespeare Festival (now called the
Shakespeare Theater of NJ) put on a "Tempest" where the actor playing
Ariel was completely encased in a shimmering blue-green lycra bag which
clung to and outlined his body. He held a mask in each hand. At times,
he stood with the bag pressed against his face and the 2 masks,
appearing to have 3 heads; at other times he stooped, with one masked
arm extending above his body, appearing to have one head on a graceful,
elongated neck, etc.  He could then twist his head around, make it swoop
in front of him, and other similar effects. His legs and feet were
hidden in the bag as well, so that he could appear to be merged with the
ground (if he stood with both feet spread apart), or shooting up from it
like a plant (if he stood on one foot.)It was eerie and beautiful, and
the actor did a beautiful job of using the masks and his choreography to
convey meaning where his hidden face could not. At the end, when freed
by Prospero, he emerged from his bag, clad in a leotard of the same
material, he did something to unclasp the bag so that it seemed to
flutter empty to the ground and immediately reform itself as the free
Ariel.

Caliban was costumed as a monster: tail, large brow ridges, green
mottled skin. I would have been happier if his costume had been as
inspired as Ariel.

Merri Neidorff

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