Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Shakespeare Lives in Translation - A Great Feast of Languages

Shakespeare Lives in Translation – A Great Feast of Languages” is part of Shakespeare Lives, a global celebration of William Shakespeare’s influence on culture, language education and society. The programme will be launched as part of Select Centre’s TranslateSingapore 2016 Festival.

This event is brought to you by  British Council in parnership with Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Centre for Literary Translation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and The Select Centre to develop literary and performance translation workshops in Singapore

The workshops run from 10am to 5:30pm daily, over four days from 29 September to 2 October, 2016 at the iconic National Gallery Singapore. They will be conducted in two languages –English-Chinese and English–Malay. The workshop will equip Singapore and regional translators and artists with the skills to work on complex linguistic challenges across theatre and literature.

Participants will be guided by local facilitators to translate dialogues, jokes, puns and the sonnets into local vernacular. The texts from Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet will play a key role in defining the intercultural significance and nuances of Shakespeare’s prose and poetry in Mandarin or Malay. These discussions take place alongside specially made video recordings of actors from Shakespeare’s Globe.

The workshops will culminate in a public performance of the newly translated texts. They will be accompanied by a public panel discussion around key cultural and societal themes raised by the translation and adaptation of Shakespeare’s writings during the workshops.

Shakespeare Lives in Translation Workshop Details

Date: 29 Sept – 2 Oct 2016 (Thurs-Sun)
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studios, 1 St Andrew Road, Singapore 178957
Full Fees: SGD $ 1,200 before British Council Subsidy
General Public/Translator/ Arts Practitioner/ Academia: SGD $ 160 
Student Concession fees: SGD $ 120 

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*Photo Credit  :Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Anneleen Lindsay

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