The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0993 Monday, 3 May 2004
Date: Friday, 30 Apr 2004 10:57:11 -0500
Subject: Jonson Masque "Oberon" Available on DVD
I am happy to announce that the live production of a full reconstruction
of Jonson "Oberon the Fairy Prince" performed at CWRU in 1993 is now
available on DVD -- and I apologize for the delay to those of you who
have waited such a long time after the initial announcement that it was
forthcoming. The performance features music direction and violin playing
by David Douglass of "The King's Noyse", choreography by historical
dance specialist Ken Pierce (who also dances the title role), and stage
direction by Barry Rutter (Artistic Director of England's "Northern
Broadsides" company). The music is performed and sung from surviving
original MSS, or to contemporary contrafacta by Ross Duffin (now author
of "Shakespeare's Songbook") where no tunes are extant. The designs
follow (albeit on a limited budget) the records left by Inigo Jones.
The performance, including a suite of court dances (pavan, coranto,
galliarn, branles) runs about 60 minutes and is an excellent teaching
tool and, as far as I know, the only performance of a Jacobean masque
available. The DVD also includes an historical commentary section
discussing the original performance and the reconstruction by yours truly.
And the bears dance!
The DVD costs $60 and is available by contacting:
Department of Music
Cleveland OH 44106-7105
Or you can send questions and enquiries to me and I'll pass them on.
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