Shakespeare Performance in Asia video archive

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Alexander Huang / Penn State University
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We are pleased the announce the launch of an open-access online video archive and research project on Asian performances of Shakespeare.

This site offers an extensive collection of videos of Shakespeare performances for scholars, students, and any one interested in Shakespeare or Asian cultures. Here you will also find interactive maps and timelines, interviews, biographies of directors and actors, for understanding intercultural theatre from Asia.

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 researchers.

Current features of the archive include:

* A catalogue of more than 200 productions researched 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 productions.

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.