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Professor Joanne Butterworth
University of Malta
HAMLET, THE BALLET: EXAMINING A CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS
What are the considerations and conditions for the creation of new narrative ballets in the classical genre? Northern Ballet, based in Leeds, has a constitution which specifies that the company should create, produce and perform such ballets. This paper investigates the creative and rehearsal processes of one ballet, David Nixon’s Hamlet (2008). The work was set in 1940s occupied Paris, and challenged the company to explore and create a tragedy, in ballet, where believable characters play out their lives under extraordinary and fearful conditions. How was a Shakespearian text transformed into dance? What influences were pertinent and how were the interdisciplinary elements perceived?
Jo Butterworth is Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Malta, where she set up a new Dance department in 2010 and was founding Director of the School of Performing Arts. Formerly Head of Dance at Bretton Hall College/University of Leeds, she initiated the BA Hons Dance and MA in Performance Studies programmes. Her research interests focus on dance making and its applications; she co-edited Contemporary Choreography: a critical reader with Liesbeth Wilschut in 2009, and published Dance Studies: the Basics in 2012.
Tuesday 23rd February
Grove Dance Theatre
All interested members of staff, faculty and students are welcome.