From 14 to 18 November 2016, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Theatre and Opera Study Centre is hosting a workshop entitled Shylock after Shylock – Shakespeare’s Masks, held by the Compagnia Pantakin.
After the second edition of Shakespeare in Venice Summer School – The Shylock Project (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 18-29 July 2016) and the production of The Merchant in Venice, by the Compagnia de’ Colombari (Campo del Ghetto Novo, 26 July – 1 August 2016), this workshop is the third stage in a large three-year project entitled Shakespeare in and beyond the Ghetto: staging Europe across cultures.The project was chosen by the European Commission in the 2016 call for proposals as one of the Creative Europe Culture Cooperation Projects. In addition to Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the international partners supporting the European project are Warwick University and Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (Germany) and the Teatrul Municipal Tony Bulandra Targoviste (Romania).
Shylock after Shylock –Shakespeare’s Masks is being held by the Compagnia Pantakin, a theatre company founded in Venice in 1995 with the aiming keeping alive the tradition of Commedia dell’Arte. By highlighting the connections between Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare’s theatre, the workshop will explore the origins of Shakespearean characters and shed light on the influence of maschere(“masks” or stock characters) in the construction of the characters in his plays.
The workshop is also for the purposes of selecting professional actors for a new theatre production to be staged in Venice in 2017 at the Teatro Universitario di Ca’ Foscari, at Santa Marta.
The deadline for workshop applications is 30 October 2016.
Frédéricka Hayter, mask for the character of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Footsbarn Théâtre, 2002.