WS 2001/2: 14 - 18 November 2001 conference proceedings: papers, pictures
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SS 1999
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Events / Veranstaltungen
Winter Semester 1999/2000

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Thursday, 23 September, 1999 Stratford-upon-Avon

During the seminar's one week theatre-course in Stratford we visited Michael Boyd's controversial and successful production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company and discussed the production with academics and theatre practitioners at the Shakespeare Centre.


Wednesday, 3 November, 1999
Susan Sontag's 'The very comical lament of Pyramus and Thisbe (an Interlude)', Prof. W. Brönnimann

This rewrite of the mechanicals' interlude and theatrical wedding gift in A Midsummer Night's Dream is a one-page dramulet by the American author and cultural critic Susan Sontag, published in The New Yorker magazine on March 4, 1991. As one would suspect, Sontag has turned Shakespeare's play within a play into a wryly satirical political allegory. But enough said, because part of the fun (and challenge) is to find out how the allegory works. In his talk, SH:IN:E member W. Brönnimann (University of Basel) will refer both to the sources of the Pyramus and Thisbe episode as well as to the implications of Susan Sontag's Shakespearean offshoot.

Text of Werner Brönnimann's lecture


18.11.99 - 21.11.99 Murcia (Spain)

International conference: Shakespeare in Europe


Mittwoch, 8. 12. 1999

Gespräch mit Julia Lochte, der Dramaturgin und Ensemblemitgliedern des Basler Theaters, darunter Katharina Schmalenberg (Hermia und "Beste Nachwuchsschauspielerin des Jahres 1998/99"), Bruno Cathomas (Lysander) und Tilo Nest (Puck): Eine Gelegenheit, die Basler Inszenierung des Sommernachtstraums von Stefan Bachmann mit dem künstlerischen Team zu diskutieren. Das Gespräch ging davon aus, dass die Teilnehmenden die Inszenierung gesehen haben. Premiere war am 15. Oktober auf der Grossen Bühne des Theaters Basel.


Wednesday, 12 January 2000

'More strange than true' - Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream in the Classroom, Urs Lauer
Building bridges between the pupil's real-life concerns and the museum exhibit of a "famous play" is perhaps the major difficulty in teaching Shakespeare in the English classroom. But then all education is said to be about 'opening doors': Taking Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as an example some active methods of opening the text will be presented, allowing our pupils to enter into a Brave New World - and hopefully make it their own. Urs Lauer teaches English at the Gymnasium Bäumlihof and is teacher trainer at the PI (Pädagogisches Institut Basel-Stadt).

text of Urs Lauer's lecture


Donnerstag, 10.02.2000
'Hamlet-to sleep / no more'

Joachim Schlömer und das Tanztheater Basel zeigen zur Zeit 'Hamlet-to sleep / no more', ein Tanzstück frei nach Shakespeare. Aus literaturwissenschaftlicher Sicht stellt sich die Frage, was der Tanz aus einem Theatertext machen kann. Welche Perspektiven eröffnen sich hier und was geschieht mit Hamlet in Schlömers Tanztheater? Gespräch mit dem Dramaturgen Xavier Zuber.

Resumée des Gesprächs



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