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Tragic Affect: Performance Workshop: Othello's Ongoing Affect

Hamlet & His Mother Delacroix 500 x 250

Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris),
Hamlet and His Mother. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Date: Rehearsals 30 September - 3 October 2013
Time: 10am to 5pm daily
Showing: Friday 4 October, 2 - 4pm
Post-Workshop Long Table Discussion: 4 - 6pm
Venue: The Playroom, La Trobe University
Registration: Free but bookings essential. Contact r.conkie@latrobe.edu.au


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Shakespearean tragedies are highly affective early modern texts.
In this series of rehearsals, work-in-progress performances
and post-show discussions of Hamlet (c.1600) and Othello
(c.1604) between 23 September to 4 October 2013 the affective
dramaturgies of these plays will be explored from different angles.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800),
in association with La Trobe University’s Centre for Creative
Arts, will present two workshop performances: the first act of
an Indigenous Hamlet and a full workshop production of the last
act of an “original practices” Othello. Participants will have the
opportunity to observe and contribute to the rehearsal processes of
each workshop and contribute to the post-showing discussions of
the performances.

OTHELLO'S ONGOING AFFECT: an “original practices”
Othello, this workshop will explore the production of
affective audience response to the murder of Desdemona, as
contextualised by Henry Jackson’s famous 1610 eye-witness
account of the King’s men at Oxford:

“. . . in which not only by speaking but by certain actions
they moved the audience to tears. Desdemona, killed in
front of us by her husband, although she acted her part
excellently throughout, in her death moved us especially
when, as she lay in her bed, with her face alone she
implored the pity of the spectators.” HENRY JACKSON CORPUS CHRISIT COLLEGE, CCC: mS 304, ff 83v-4.

The theatre rehearsals and workshops will be led by CHE
Associate Investigator Dr Rob Conkie, from La Trobe University,
and the subsequent Long Table discussions led by CHE Post-
Doctoral Fellow, Dr Penelope Woods, from UWA.