Hello, CD friends, just a FYI if you're interested in things Shakespearean there is an academic list-serv (which my professor had us all join) called SHAKSPER:
SHAKSPER is the international electronic conference for Shakespearean researchers, instructors, students, and those who share their academic interests and concerns. It currently includes approximately 1,300 SHAKSPEReans, from Andorra, Argentina, Australia [...] the United States, Ukraine, Wales, and Yugoslavia.
SHAKSPER offers the opportunity for the formal exchange of ideas through queries and responses regarding literary, critical, textual, theoretical, and performative topics and issues [....]in addition to "popular" culture references to Shakespeare or his works. The Editor normally publishes contributions to SHAKSPER lightly edited and grouped according to topic for readers' convenience.
Browsing the about 70+ hits resulting from a SEARCH with "ballet" and "dance" found a few threads with performance reviews (ABTs “The Dream” on PBS, etc). There was 1 or 2 queries w/ ballet questions that any regular on CD would be able to answer without any sweat (e.g. Q: Weren’t there ballet versions of R&J suggesting an erotic relationship between Lady Capulet and Tybalt?). Nor surprisingly from a list-serv dominated by the literary minded, there are a few threads expressing dread at violating “Hamlet” or some other Shakespeare Great Work by turning it into a movie or (heaven forbid) a ballet.
The only interesting thread re: dance was a mention of a news story from 1995 or 1996 about a grade school principal who declined complimentary tickets for her school to see a ballet R&J because it was (as she had it) both heterosexist and an art form that would be of no interest to her working class pupils. http://www.shaksper.net/archives/1998/0198.html
There isn't a whole lot right now in SHAKSPER that is really exciting for the dance enthusiast since it's mostly devoted to fairly academic and sometimes esoteric discussions on Shakespeare. But, if you want to discuss “chiastic formations” in Q1 Hamlet or such burning textual questions as “… whether the compositor's copy for Richard II (Q1597) consisted of a manuscript (foul or fair) in Shakespeare's hand or was a scribal transcript in the hand of another” etc, then SHAKESPER is for you. You don’t need to be admitted to the list-serv to browse, only to post.
<small>[ 15 September 2004, 04:18 PM: Message edited by: Jeff ]</small>