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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0170 Tuesday, 21 April 2009
From: Alexander Huang <
Date: Monday, 13 Apr 2009 15:21:23 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare Performance in Asia: Video Archive Launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of an open-access video archive
and research project on Shakespeare Performance and Asia.
The project will eventually include world-wide performances of
Shakespeare in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and other locations,
providing opportunities for comparative study of interpretations of
Shakespeare from around the world side by side. The Asian wing is one of
the first phases to be launched.
This site offers an extensive collection of videos of Asian Shakespeare
performances for scholars, students, and anyone interested in
Shakespeare or Asian cultures. Here you will also find interactive maps
and timelines, interviews, biographies of directors and actors, for
understanding intercultural Shakespeare. The extensive video catalogue
is prepared and researched by Alex Huang, and includes films, stage
productions, TV series, and cartoons produced on the Indian
Subcontinent, in South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Pacific Islands,
New Zealand, Europe, and in the U.S. The criterion for inclusion is
distinctive Shakespearean and Asian elements or references regardless of
geo-cultural origins of the performances.
While Shakespeare and Asia have been connected on stage and screen for
centuries, Asia-related performances in Asia, the U.S., and Europe are
currently experiencing an exciting new wave of creativity. Such
encounters have generated extraordinary artistic and intellectual
energy, leading to the transformation of traditions that has worked in
both directions at once.
Showcased here on Shakespeare Performance in Asia (SPiA) are video
highlights with English subtitles, photos, and texts from Asia, the U.S.
and Europe. This database is intended to promote cross-cultural
understanding and serve as a core resource for students, teachers, and
Current features of the archive include:
* A catalogue of more than 200 productions compiled by Alex Huang,
which will be continuously updated.
* A collection of video clips from major productions.
* Interactive maps and timelines.
* Interviews and biographies of directors and actors.
* Essays on Asian Shakespeare by major scholars.
Regular updates will greatly expand the above resources, and introduce
new features, including glossaries of key terms and full videos of many
As Shakespeare Performance in Asia (SPIA) grows, we will launch an
innovative workspace with a suite of advanced research tools that allow
users to make virtual clips of performances for replay within the
system, to tag videos, to make and store annotations to visual and
textual materials, and to compose multimedia essays.
Learn more about the background and an international team of
collaborators of the project at:
Alexander C.Y. Huang, PhD
Research Affiliate, Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Comparative Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.