Singing in the blend: stagings of Verdi's operatic Shakespeare in the Czech Republic after 1989

Source document: Theatralia. 2021, vol. 24, iss. Special Issue, pp. 189-208
Extent
189-208
  • ISSN
    1803-845X (print)
    2336-4548 (online)
Type
Article
Language
English
Abstract(s)
The article deals with changes in creating scenography for productions of operas based on plays by William Shakespeare in former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic after 1989. The article discusses the procedure of a multimodal analysis of scenography based on blending theory approach. The 1991 production of Verdi's Otello of the Prague State Opera directed by Dominik Neuner and revived in 2009 by Lubor Cukr is used as an example of creating scenographic space for operatic Shakespeare. The scenography is understood as not only visual but multimodal component of theatrical performance. Vladimír Nývlt's concept of scenography for the Otello production is treated from the perspectives of multimodal analysis and examined in the context of other productions of operatic Shakespeare in the Czech Republic after 1989.
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