An interactive video archive including dozens of theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, allowing close examination of the cultural elements of production on a global and local scale. The project is an extension both of MIT’s existing Shakespeare Electronic Archive, a collection of electronic texts and digital facsimiles that includes rare early editions, and of Hamlet on the Ramparts, a public website that features more than 1,000 works of art and illustration as well as several film versions of Hamlet.
Global Shakespeare has added an extensive collection of materials focusing on Shakespeare Performance in Asia, an area that has seen unprecedented growth in experimental and intercultural performances of Shakespeare’s plays over the past 15 years. The core of the new collection is video recordings of key theatrical productions from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and elsewhere. The sub-site, Shakespeare Performance in Asia, features works by directors such as Ninagawa Yukio, Suzuki Tadashi, Ong Keng Sen, and Wu Hsing-kuo, and is designed to give scholars new ways to examine how Shakespeare is reinterpreted via different theatrical traditions.
Hyperstudio RoleProvided conceptual assistance in planning the data model and the usability of materials.
HyperStudio Team: Belinda T. Yung, Suzana Lisanti, Brett Barros
Project Lead: Peter S. Donaldson, Professor of Literature at MIT and Faculty Director of the HyperStudio
Others: Alexa Huang of George Washington University; Li Lan Yong of the National University of Singapore; Kaori Kobayashi of Doho University; Michiko Suematsu of Gunma University; and MIT's Office for Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT).