“A Midsummer Night’s Dream that doesn’t so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon… For Ms. Taymor, the sky is not the limit. It’s a supple canvas to be stretched and bent to the whims of the imagination…When the moments are this beautiful, they take root in your mind and assume lives of their own. Don’t be surprised when they start showing up in your own dreams.” – New York Times
From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Captured live on stage and screening at Seymour Centre. Rich with Taymor’s trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play’s iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare’s beloved tale.
Just announced: Enjoy a 15 minute post-show video on the making of the production, as well as a special pre-show filmed introduction from Julie Taymor herself.
Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of the Great Ideas Performance Series 2017.
Please note, this is a film screening and not a live production.
- Advance understanding of art with impact in changing behaviours and conditions
- Build support structures for socially engaged art
- Explain the diversity of approaches and strategies for making work with meaning
- Discuss how we evaluate and quantify the impact of engaged projects.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE1.00pm : Session 1TIME - comparing outsider vs embedded approaches
- Moderated by Paul Dwyer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney.
- Artist and activist Steve Lambert explains his work in public space, creating work that he takes to various places and engaging the diverse communities within them.
- Genevieve Grieves will discuss her work in countering racism and empowering Indigenous communities.
- Moderated by Jess Scully(Vivid Ideas Curator)
- Australian-born, US-based artist Natalie Jerimijenkowill take us through her work at NYU and establishing the Environmental Health Clinic - developing and prescribing systems that improve local human and environmental health.
- Designer Yoko Akamawill detail the role design can play in building strength-based approaches to empowering communities
- Rebecca Conroy takes us through The Drip Feed, an online portal for the community arts and small to medium sector: A go-to place for new thinking, a guide to opportunities and call outs, a portfolio for projects, connecting the local and international stages.
- Moderated by Rebecca Conroy (The Drip Feed)
- Artist Patricia Hoeppe will discuss drawing in audiences in her work, to performatively examine unresolved social situations
- Jill Bennett explains how she’s quantifying the impact of her projects, working with people with anxiety and dementia