Shakespeare’s Globe: Gesture Lab, Nov 5-7

October 27, 2010

Advising artists about imitation, Leonardo da Vinci suggested they “take pleasure in carefully watching those who talk together with gesticulating hands, and get near to listen to what makes them make that particular gesture”. The Shakespeare’s Globe Gesture Lab will conduct a similar experiment by bringing together theatre practitioners, drama scholars, cognitive theorists and psychologists to investigate the relationship gesture and thought have to performance.

What is the relationship between gesture and thought? How do actors incorporate gesture into their performances? How conscious is the actor’s hand? Can we develop a theory of acting or a method of actor training by studying historical gestures? Over the three days, theatre practitioners will conduct experiments on the Globe stage and academics will give papers on a variety of topics related to these questions and together discuss the dynamic relationship between the hand and mind in performance.

Experiments include:

Ben Naylor and Anna Morrissey (The Central School of Speech and Drama) ‘The Bulwer Project’ ;
Tom Cornford (University of Warwick) ‘Thinking with Your Hands: Michael Chekhov’s “Language of Gestures”’;
Stephen Purcell (Southampton Solent University) and Andy Kesson (University of Kent) ‘“Here, where you are”: Investigating Dramatic and Theatrical Space’

Speakers include:

Professor John Astington (University of Tornoto)
Professor Geoff Beattie (Manchester University)
Dr Bridget Escolme (Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Professor David McNeil (University of Chicago)
Dr Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin College, Virginia)
Professor Evelyn Tribble (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Date and Time

Friday 5th November, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 6th November, 10:30am – 5:45pm
Sunday 7th November, 10:15am – 3:00pm

Times may change as the schedule develops.


Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

For ticket information visit the Globe website here.


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