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Haunted by Hamlet: William Forsythe's Sider

Vass-Rhee, Freya (2019) Haunted by Hamlet: William Forsythe's Sider. In: McCulloch, Lynsey and Shaw, Brandon, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance. Oxford University Press, pp. 455-475. ISBN 978-0-19-049878-8. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Choreographer William Forsythe did not set out engage with Hamlet when creating the 2011 work Sider. Instead, Hamlet’s textual rhythms and dramaturgy were first found to be in uncanny resonance with the ensemble’s choreographic research, then elaborated into a robust, multifaceted, yet obscure dramaturgical underpinning. Drawing on the author’s experience as dramaturg to The Forsythe Company, this article discusses Sider’s devising process, danced dramaturgies, and linkages to Shakespeare’s work, showing how Sider’s choreography, mise en scène, and production mode of live direction extend Hamlet’s dramaturgy to its dancers, audience, and director alike. In doing so, the article both offers a close look inside the choreographic craft of Forsythe and his ensemble and a striking example of postdramatic engagement with a classic text.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: William Forsythe, Sider, Hamlet, choreography, devising, dramaturgy, dance dramaturgy, postdramatic, Shakespeare, dance, School of Arts
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Dance
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Freya Vass-Rhee
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 12:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 14:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64066 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Vass-Rhee, Freya: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4733-6041
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