The artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Emma Rice, is to resign in 2018 after only two years in office.
The theater announced he was returning to minimize the productions of “shared light” that characterize the work before the arrival of Rice.
Which leaves no room for rice, which has not been afraid to shake things up and upset traditionalists risk. In a statement after the announcement, she said: “I had a wonderful time here creatively in the Globe, but I respect the decision of the council for its future direction.”
Constable Neil, general manager of the theater, praised the work “mold-breaking” Rice who had achieved “exceptionally strong” box office returns.
However, he added: “After much deliberation and discussion, the Globo board has concluded that from April 2018, the theater program should be structured around ‘light’ shared productions without sound designed and manipulation the light.
“The balloon was rebuilt as a radical experiment to explore the conditions in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries worked, and we believe this should remain the core principle of our work.”
light characteristic shared productions under the direction of his predecessors Dominic Dromgoole and Mark Rylance. Because the Globe performances take place mostly at night, electricity is used to simulate daylight so the actors and the audience can see each other naturally.
The theater said it allowed the actors to play “with” rather than “a” or “the” public. He added: “Therefore, the actors develop their ability to give and take the focus using voice, gesture and movement.”
Rice, who arrived in April and was previously in charge of Kneehigh, one of the most innovative companies in the UK, has angered some with his approach both productions and Shakespeare himself. She has not been afraid of having actors MikeD up, and its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was wild and noisy.
Before his arrival rice cheerfully admitted not having read many works of Shakespeare. “I tried to sit with Shakespeare, but it does not work,” he said. “I am very sleepy and suddenly I want to hear the archers.”
But she struck a chord with many people when he talked about being too reverent to Shakespeare and his works be a kind of cultural medicine.
Rice has not been afraid to take liberties with the text of Shakespeare. In his staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream he threw vedette meow meow as Titania, while Helena became a man, Heleno, who falls in love with Demetrius. a production of Cymbeline was responsible, “renowned and recovered” as Imogen, who settled in a world of drugs and gang warfare.
While some saw Rice as a breath of fresh air, which helps to attract new and younger members of the audience, others disagreed. Writing in the Times last month, cultural commentator, Richard Morrison, said Rice was destroying the globe.
While Constable praised the brilliance and inventiveness of Rice, there remains a suspicion that the decision of the balloon separate from it may be down to a desire for less controversy.
Theater commentator Terri Paddock, founder of the MyTheatreMates website, said it was a sad day. “At the foot of the news of the immediate response was a complete download simply quite a lot of anger and disappointment. Within the industry there was much support and enthusiasm for appointment, the balloon was being really innovative and give the job to someone who could be properly pioneer. ”
Paddock said it was especially disappointing because rice was one of the few women in charge of a theater organization logo. The speed of the decision is also surprising. “It has not been given much chance to fail and you need to have the right to artistic experimentation If you look at when Kevin Spacey took over the Old Vic. – A disastrous first season – but he was a man and a name Hollywood and given the opportunity, so give Emma Rice after one year is very disappointing. ”
Theater critic Mark Shenton, associate newspaper of the stage editor, said the issue smelled of “mismanagement board … They knew what they were doing when they named. If that’s not what they wanted, then he should not have named “.
Shenton said he liked the rice. “I thought he was bringing a new energy really the Globe, for the first time, they were doing something different there. I thought they were going to stick with it. It was a shock to see the light at the Globe, but it was also very welcome, was always difficult to look at the productions through the penumbra “.
Rice suggested some of the criticism he has received could be because she is a woman and that some of the terms used in it made her blood boil.
He said one senior arts figure repeatedly described as “bad”. “Who would you use that word a man?” He asked.
In his statement Rice said he was still waiting for its summer season of 2017. He will have a Romeo and Juliet directed by the artistic director of the English National Opera Daniel Kramer and a new Twelfth Night directed by Rice.
Shakespeare’s Globe, meanwhile, said it would make a further statement when the process was announced to replace rice.
Original Article appear on theguardian.com