The Early Dance Lecture 2014

Making Shakespeare Dance:
the Choreographer’s Challenge

Dr. Stuart Hopps

Choreographer for film & stage, Vice-President EDC

21st February 2014

7.15 p.m.

The Art Workers Guild

6 Queen Square


Dr Stuart Hopps outlined his experiences choreographing over a dozen of Shakespeare’s plays for the stage and seven for the cinema, working with Kenneth Branagh, among others. While not a dance historian, he used authentic material as a starting point where possible. However, his tales of adapting his work to the style and demands of a particular production and the capabilities of the artists involved is fascinating. Hence his title: “WALTZING WITH SHAKESPEARE”. The results may be provocative for dance purists, but capture the creative magic of dance.


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