A collaborative project with readings from selections of Shakespeare's oeuvre, accompanied by piano and violin and these animated images.
Ariel – The Tempest
The violinist David Le Page composed a magical score, used in this production, based on this image of the Shakespearean spirit concocting a mighty tempest.
Perdita – The winter's tale
. . . Here’s flow’rs for you:
Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed wi’th’ sun,
And with him rises weeping; these are flow’rs
Of middle summer, and I think they are given
To men of middle age. Y’are very welcome . . .
Friar Lawrence – Romeo and Juliet
. . . O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities;
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give;
Nor aught so goo but, strain’d from that fair use,
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse:
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime’s by action dignified. . .
Ophelia – Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The watery grave of the tragic heroine.
Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights)
Prokofiev's music evokes the polar differences of the eternal enemies in this famous love story, emphasised here by alluding to the black and white world of chess.