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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0170  Tuesday, 21 April 2009

From:       Alexander Huang <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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:


Feedback welcome!

Alexander C.Y. Huang, PhD
Research Affiliate, Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Department of Comparative Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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