Call for panelists: Choreographing Shakespeare for April 2014 French Shakespeare Society Conference in Paris

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Call for Panelists Moving Shakespeare: Approaches to Choreographing the Works of William Shakespeare in Dance Performance
DEADLINE June 8, 2013

The Société française Shakespeare is organizing a week-long conference in Paris (France) April 21-27, 2014 to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The conference seeks presentations for a panel on approaches to choreographing dance productions based on Shakespeare's texts (directly or indirectly). Panelists will be given 20 minutes to present their papers followed by a brief moderated discussion.

The panel Moving Shakespeare seeks to examine the various ways in which historic and living choreographers have approached working with Shakespeare's texts in dance performance. Questions to be be considered include: How have choreographers transposed texts celebrated for their use of poetic written and oral language into a purely corporeal dialogue through dance and music? How has the language of Shakespeare's texts influenced the rhythm and nuances of dance movement and music? How have Shakespearian dance performances evolved with shifts in dance practices (incorporation of new dance styles, use of new media and interdisciplinary performance tools in contemporary dance productions, etc.)? What does the art of dance contribute to Shakespeare's legacy? What impact has the bard's oeuvre had on the history of dance, past and present?

Panelists interested in addressing these questions within the context of one or more of the following performances are especially encouraged: Sasha Waltz's Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Karine Saporta's La Princesse de Milan (based on The Tempest) and Kenneth McMillan's Shakespearian legacy at the Royal Ballet. Additional topics of interest include: early classical ballet representations of Shakespeare, modern dance and Shakespeare, as well as experimental choreographic approaches to working with Shakespeare's texts.

Submissions from dance and theatre historians, as well as musicologists, are particularly welcome.
Please send your name, institutional affiliation, proposal of 500 words (with title) and a C.V. to: panel moderator Marisa C. Hayes (DEADLINE JUNE 8, 2013)

The conference is backed by a large group of French and international institutions including: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centre National du Livre, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, European Shakespeare Research Association, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, among others. A complete list can be found on the Shakespeare Anniversary website: