The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0133  Saturday, 24 June 2011

From:         Robert Shaughnessy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         June 25, 2011 8:44:49 AM EDT
Subject:      Imagining O

(With apologies for cross-posting)

Colleagues may find this of interest. From what I have seen of the making process, it will certainly be provocative, unsettling and unexpectedly beautiful.



Who is Ophelia? Who is "O" as imagined by Pauline Réage/aka Dominique Aury? What could the relationship be between an Elizabethan classic and a modern French erotic novel? As part of his Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Kent, Richard Schechner is creating a performance-in-progress with staff and students at the School of Arts. The intersection of Ophelia's descent into madness and suicide parallels what happens to the heroine of The History of O. Schechner has grappled with Hamlet before, but this is different. This is an intersection of texts, pretexts, contexts, and confabulations.

Working closely with Associate Director Benjamin Mosse and Choreographer Roanna Mitchell, the University of Kent artists are investigating a range of theatrical possibilities. The performance is "dispersed" in several locations within and near the Jarman building. What will happen in a "work-in-progress" is not precisely known. There will be scenes, installations, live and recorded film, and an ongoing dramaturgical seminar conducted by Duska Radosavljevic which will be streamed through Chat Roulette. Come on July 7, 8, and 9 and explore the possibilities with Schechner and his collaborating artists. Each showing will be the same . . .  and different.

Jarman Arts Building  (J16)
University of Kent, Canterbury

Thursday July 7 @ 8 pm
Friday July 8 @ 10 pm
Saturday July 9 @ 8 pm

Tickets £5 from Mike Keeling-Smith, Jarman receptionist, in advance:

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Booking/payment in advance is essential as spaces are strictly limited

Over 18s only

Open Rehearsals in Jarman Studio 1 of the Jarman Arts Building from 3-5 on Friday 17th, 24th June and 1st July. Please notify Mike in advance of attending.

Professor Robert Shaughnessy
Drama and Theatre Studies
School of Arts
Jarman Building
University of Kent

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