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October December

2011

Events

Shakespeare

&of Sense

the Banquet


WELCOME In 1603 moralist, Henry Crosse, described what happens to spectators while attending a play: ‘for at a Play the whole faculty of the mind is altogether bent on delight; the eye earnestly fixed upon the object, every sense busied for the time, the ear narrowly waiteth to catch that [w]hat is uttered, sending it to wit’.

On this page:

Abraham Janssens, Allegory of Sight, 16th-17th century Image courtesy of: ???????? On the cover:

Jacques Linard, The Five Senses and the Four Elements, 1627 Image courtesy of: ????????

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For Renaissance writers and thinkers, the senses were ordered in a hierarchy with the ‘princely’ senses of sight and hearing at the top, smell in the middle and the ‘sinful’ senses of taste and touch at the bottom. But despite this popular ordering of the senses, many playwrights and artists privileged the senses of taste and touch over the others. Touch, for example, is referred to as the ‘living sence’ and is surprisingly an inherent feature of attending plays in the 16th and 17th centuries, where people would ‘press’, ‘shove’ and be ‘glewed together’ in the yard and galleries of the playhouses. This season, Globe Education will celebrate the senses by exploring how in Shakespeare’s time, they were imagined to be crucial gateways to the external world.

Globe Education’s postgraduate researchers will collaborate with the postgraduates at Birkbeck, University of London to produce a two-day forum on the subject of the senses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Globe conference, Shakespeare and the Senses, will gather together internationally renowned scholars to share papers, pedagogical workshops and practical experiments on the senses and their relationship to medicine, performance, revenge tragedy, epistemology, and Renaissance psychology. The Shakespeare Globe Theatre History Seminar will open the conference proceedings with a lecture from Professor Bruce R. Smith, on sound and acoustics in early modern England. There will be an exciting range of public lectures exploring Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the sensory world of Renaissance art, food and banqueting. We are delighted that the renowned Renaissance Art Historian, Professor Evelyn Welch is this year’s Theo Crosby Fellow. In her lecture

she will describe the sensory effects of the material world in Renaissance Europe. Staged readings include an obscure academic play by Tomas Tomkis (performed at Cambridge University in 1607), called, ‘Lingua’, which stages an allegory of the five senses battling it out for superiority over each other. We’ll also present George Chapman’s influential narrative poem Ovid’s Banquet of Sence, which takes as its subject Ovid’s love for his beloved Corynna and his admiration of her beauty as described through the five senses. To celebrate the ‘sense’ of intellectual creativity, this Autumn we are delighted to bring Professor Gary Taylor’s (Florida State University) version of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Cardenio into our Read Not Dead repertoire. Cardenio is a much debated play about which there are many theories, as Professor Taylor will discuss in a Rarely Played seminar before the reading of his much anticipated version, co-ordinated by Wilson Milam, the director of the Globe’s Othello in 2007. Globe Education’s Concert for Winter will provide a Autumn 2011 | 3


READ NOT DEAD

STAGED READINGS AND SEMINARS Read Not Dead “performances with scripts” provide unique opportunities to hear and see plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Globe Education initiated the series in 1995 and has thus far staged and recorded over 150 plays of the period.

Ovid’s Banquet of Sense SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER by George Chapman (Published 1595) George Chapman’s allegorical piece about sensual love shows Ovid courting his beloved, Julia (or Cornynna). When he meets her in the garden, Ovid asks her to permit him an experience of each of the five senses. After receiving sound, smell, taste and sight from Julia, Ovid desires for her to grant him the final of the senses, touch. Through high poetry, Chapman explores the concepts of divinity, learning and the symposium (or banquet) of the senses.

Lingua SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER by Thomas Tomkis (Published 1607) Thomas Tomkis was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and wrote Lingua during the rise in drama on university stages. In this popular play, Lingua, the personification of the tongue (or language), initiates a competition between the physical senses in order to create a hierarchy among them. Tomkis’ play engages with the contemporary debate with which his student audience would have been familiar: the relationship between the five senses, fantasy and the body.

Inspiring and engaging seminar introductions to the Read Not Dead performances. Time

12.00 – 14.00

Venue

Gather at the Globe Education Reception Desk in the Foyer, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£13 (£10 FoSG/concs/ students) includes ticket to thAe Read Not Dead performance

Time

15.00 – 18.00

Venue

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£8 (£5 FoSG/concs/ students) 4 | EVENTS

RARELY PLAYED

Left:

Cornelis Drebble, Tactus, c. 1590s

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2011 THEO CROSBY FELLOWSHIP LECTURE SCENT ON STAGE TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER Professor Evelyn Welch

(Queen Mary University of London) In Christopher Marlow’s Massacre at Paris the Queen of Navarre dies after inhaling the scent from a pair of perfumed gloves. In this talk, Professor Welch will look at the role of smell in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the importance that perfumed goods played both on and off the stage. Evelyn Welch is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London and the author of Shopping in the Renaissance (Yale University Press) and Art in Renaissance Italy (Oxford University Press).

Theo Crosby

(1925-1994)

Theo joined Sam Wanamaker in early 1970 and helped to articulate Sam’s vision by providing plans for the International Shakespeare Globe Centre. Theo was a founder partner of Pentagram, a member of the RIBA and of the Berlin Academy. He was a Royal Academician and from 1990 to 1993 was Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the Royal College of Art. Theo was also a sculptor, a writer and a loyal patron and friend of many artists and craftspeople. The Theo Crosby Fellowship is given in memory of Theo and celebrates his passion for literature and art.

Time

19.00

Venue

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£12

(£10 FoSG/concs/ students) including a glass of wine/juice

Left:

Simon de Vos, Allegory of the Five Senses, 1640

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THEATRE HISTORY SEMINAR

RESEARCH

CONFERENCE

SHAKESPEARE AND THE SENSES

Venue

Globe Education has gathered together a range of distinguished scholars and theatre practitioners to investigate the early modern culture of the senses as it pertains to the worlds of medicine, epistemology, music, performance, science, clothing and art. In addition to plenary lectures there will be panels and practical sessions on hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste and proprioception

Within, without, withinwards: the circulation of sound in shakespeare’s theatre Thursday 3 november Professor Bruce R. Smith

(University of Southern California) Professor Smith will open the proceedings for the conference at the annual Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre History Seminar.

Time

18.00 - 20.00

Venue

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre

Tickets Open to research students, theatre practitioners and academics. To reserve a place COntact

please contact ed.events@ shakespearesglobe.com.

“Within

Although it is widely recognized that Shakespeare’s theater was a multi-media affair that combined speech, music and other sound effects, costumes, props, and choreography in distinctive site-specific and timespecific ways, it is not so widely recognized that the medium in each case was then—and is now—air. This talk investigates air as a medium and the positions of the human body as an entity within that medium. The human body is not just

withinwards”

without”

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contained within a biosphere of air but is immersed within that biosphere, like a fish in water. We can chart the biosphere in Shakespeare’s theater by attending to three containers of air: tiring house, amphitheatre, and human bodies. Entrée into these three containers is provided by a series of adverbs appropriate to each of the spaces in turn: “within,” “without,” “withinwards.” A circuit through tiring house, amphitheatre, and listening bodies invites us to appreciate Shakespeare’s theatre as finely tuned, delicately balanced sound system.

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets £85, (£30 Students) COntact

For more information please check the website or contact the conference rganizers on ed.events@ shakespearesglobe.com

FRIDAY 4 – SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER (the sixth sense). Speakers include: Dr Margaret Healy (Sussex), Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford) Professor David Lindley (Leeds), Professor Ayana Thompson (ASU), Professor William West (Northwestern), Dr P.A. Skantze (Roehampton), Professor Richard Wilson (Cardiff), Dr Lucy Munro (Keele), Dr Eric Langley (Royal Holloway), Tom Cornford (Director). Above: Jan Lievens, Allegory of the Five Senses, 1622 Image courtesy of: ????????


PUBLIC LECTURES

A series of lectures exploring the relationship of the senses to culture, art and poetry through the theme of the ‘banquet’…

Shakespeare’s Banquet of Sense TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER

Food and Eating In Shakespeare Thursday 10 November Dr Joan Fitzpatrick

(Loughborough University) What did people eat in Shakespeare’s England, what drove their choice of particular foods, how might they have prepared them and what can Shakespeare’s plays tell us about attitudes to particular foodstuffs? By considering a range of common foods, for example white meats (dairy products), animal flesh, fruit, and ale, this talk will trace patterns of consumption in early-modern England. As well as illuminating the plays, looking at food explores social hierarchies, religious controversies and the national and gender stereotypes that so dominated the lives of the early moderns, including Shakespeare himself.

Professor Stanley Wells CBE and Rev. Dr Paul Edmondson

Renaissance and Baroque Banqueting and the Senses TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER

(The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford Upon Avon)

Dr Francois Quiviger

The earliest mention of Shakespeare’s Sonnets decribes them as ‘sugared,’ something to be tasted. As a collection of poems they are concerned with all five senses and invite us to consider the effects of love on sight, touch, sound, and smell, as well as taste. Join the Reverend Dr Paul Edmondson and Professor Stanley Wells as they explore how the five senses are evoked in the Sonnets as well as some creative ways in which the Sonnets themselves entice us to experience our world of the senses.

The Renaissance and Baroque Princely Banquets are multimedia stages displaying the magnificence of the host through the aesthetic criteria and symbolic language of the time. This lecture examines the ways in which these events addressed the senses of their audience.

(The Warburg Institute)

After a brief recapitulation of the ideals of imitation, variety and abundance I proceed to examine the main components of princely banquet in terms of the multiple clusters of sensation they convoke. These include: the display and use of goldsmith work (the so-called dresser service), table decoration and its comestible iconography, the use of wine, scented matter, music and the art of conversation. Time

19.00

Venue Above: Unknown Weaver,

Sight, c1500

Image courtesy of: ???????? Left: Jacques Linard,

The Five Senses, 1638

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£10 (£8 FoSG/concs/ students)

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FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD: SHAKESPEARE, SCIENCE AND THE SENSES WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER Globe Education in association with London Science Festival and New Scientist magazine are proud to present Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Shakespeare, Science and the Senses. This special event is a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive, hosted by three of London’s best (and nerdiest) performers stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, musical comedian Helen Arney and Blue Peter science expert Steve Mould. In an exciting collaboration with Globe Education and London Science Festival 2011, the wonderfully eccentric Festival of the Spoken Nerd comedy trio will tackle the themes of Senses and Shakespeare in their insatiably scicurious manner. Using comedy, science and live experiments, they’ll enliven your senses and investigate topics such as… 12 | EVENTS

…whether there are more than just the five wits and five senses of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141 …through to scientific sensory illusions of theatrical mischief and magic, that will trick your brains into sensing what isn’t “actually” there! After this event there will be no need to ask for “more matter with less art” as Festival of the Spoken Nerd (FOTSN) in association with Globe Education present their comedic and scientific banquet of Shakespearean senses. This special evening event at Shakespeare’s Globe signals the launch of London Science Festival 2011 on the national and international science festival scene. London Science Festival is a brand new festival for London in 2011, which was founded with the mission to inspire and engage the public in all things

“Harnesses comedy to highlight what is fun – and funny – about science” New Scientist, June 2011

scientific, from natural science to science in its most cultural contexts. For more information about other events as part of London Science Festival visit www. londonsciencefestival.com For more information about FOTSN visit www festivalofthespoken nerd.com Time

19.00

Venue

UnderGlobe, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£12 (£10 FoSG/concs/ students)

Pictured:

Matt Parker

Stand-up Mathematician

Helen Arney

Musical Comedian

Steve Mould

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READ NOT DEAD

STAGED READINGS AND SEMINARS Read Not Dead “performances with scripts” provide unique opportunities to hear and see plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Globe Education initiated the series in 1995 and has thus far staged and recorded over 150 plays of the period.

Above:

Jan the Elder Brueghel, The Sense of Sight, 1618 Image courtesy of: ???????? Right:

William Shakespeare, John Fletcher, Don Quixote and Gary Taylor Cardenio cartoon Credit: Andrew Dunn

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The History RARELY of Cardenio PLAYED SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher recreated by Gary Taylor What does it mean to be a hero? A “Christian knight”? Cervantes asked these questions in Don Quixote, first published in English in 1612. Within months, Shakespeare and Fletcher had turned the Spanish masterpiece into their first joint play, performed at court and for diplomats negotiating a royal wedding. That play is lost, but Gary Taylor (Oxford editor of Shakespeare and Middleton) has worked for twenty years to identify its surviving fragments, and--with actors, directors, and musicians---to reconstruct it. Hear, see, smell, taste, and feel its return to London (directed by Wilson Milam). Time

15.00 – 18.00

Venue

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£8 (£5 FoSG/concs/ students)

Professor Gary Taylor leads an inspiring and engaging seminar introduction to the Read Not Dead performance of Cardenio. Time

12.00 – 14.00

Venue

Gather at the Globe Education Reception Desk in the Foyer, Shakespeare’s Globe

Tickets

£13 (£10 FoSG/ concs/students) includes ticket to the Read Not Dead performance


POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER

The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1668

POST GRADUATE FORUM Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Renaissance Seminar are hosting a collaborative postgraduate forum on the senses in early modern England. What did early modern subjects understand by the term ‘the senses’? What relationships or hierarchies were posited amongst the senses? How reliable were they in facilitating communication, understanding or knowledge?

Friday 21 October Time

17:00-19:00

Venue

Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Saturday 22 October Time

9:30-17:00

Venue

Birkbeck, University of London For moreinformation, please contact research@ shakespearesglobe.com

Keynote speakers: Prof. Erica Fudge

(University of Strathclyde)

and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe

Above:

Gérard de Lairesse, Allegory of the Five Senses, 1668

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A CONCERT FOR WINTER

Calendar

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER The autumn season comes to a triumphant close with our annual A Concert for Winter, Shakespeare’s Globe’s festive celebration of songs and music. Concert for Winter will this season provide a banquet of music, song and festivity which will offer a dynamic multi-sensory conclusion to our “Senses” season. Our neighbours from the Southwark community will wrap up warm and join us in celebrating and welcoming in the festive period, treading the boards together in our “Wooden O”. Everyone is invited.

Time

13.00 – 14.00

Venue

Globe Theatre

Tickets

Admission free but tickets must be booked in advance, email: community@ shakespearesglobe.com

With special thanks to...

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Birkbeck, University of London Better Bankside Credit Suisse The London Renaissance Seminar

Mint Hotels New Scientist Magazine Old Mutual plc Sumitomo Corporation of Europe Ltd The Warburg Institute

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Shakespeare

&of Sense

the Banquet

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