A Socially-Distanced Romeo and Juliet Ballet at Sadler’s Wells
Andreea Scridon, MSt. in Creative Writing
Rudolf Nureyev is perhaps a name more familiar to an older generation (due to his untimely death from AIDS in 1992) or to ballet connoisseurs exclusively. But the dancer and choreographer, who has recently come back into the spotlight with Ralph Fiennes’ 2018 biopic The White Crow, was one of the world’s most famous ballet dancers a few decades ago. A legend of magnetism and vision, Nureyev repeatedly sparked outrage for always insisting on dancing and interpreting in his own way, often making radical, modernizing changes to classical ballet. In 1977, after a history of playing Romeo himself, Nureyev turned out his own production of Romeo and Juliet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s 1935 score, which premiered at the London Coliseum and has remained in the repertoire of the English National Ballet to this day. Now, the successful dancer, choreographer, and director Johann Kobborg has re-adapted this production.
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How Does a Poem Mean? Modes of Expression in Sonnets from the Portuguese
Gregor Bauer, Faculties of English and Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
How does a poem mean? A formalist approach to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) may provide a partial answer by demonstrating a poetry-specific potential of meaning-creation. To this end, this essay offers new perspectives on Barrett Browning’s playful interventions against a one-dimensional love discourse through poly-dimensional semiotics and explores how her sonnets expand the scope of linguistic expressability by transcending central axiomata of Saussurian structuralism avant la lettre.
Sentinels Aloft: An Indifference of Birds Book Review
Vicki Lee, MSt in English Literature