Remixing Shakespeare

Remixing Shakespeare was a collaborative live performance event staged at Karpeles Manuscript Museum in partnership with The Folger Shakespeare Library, University of Minnesota Duluth, and KUMD radio. In honor of the national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio, Alan Sparhawk created original music to accompany early silent film adaptations of Shakespeare. Low improvised the live score to the night of video projections. I was invited to generate additional experimental video that could play-off the well-known literary content and work with Low’s haunting sound.

For the October event, I wanted to incorporate the storms, shipwrecks, witches, and other spooky motifs from Shakespeare’s plays. While creating the remix projections, I collaborated with dancer Rebecca Katz Harwood who improvised and choreographed Shakespeare story vignettes in UMD’s Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab chromakey studio. By using the green screen, I was able to “key out” the dancers, layering their bodies with book textures and historical references, borrowing from the material culture of The Folger Library’s collection and riffing on Shakespearean themes. On the night of the event, the Karpeles architectural space was awash with rhythmically overlapping video, projected onto the ceiling and walls, programmed by multimedia artist Kathy McTavish.

Remixing Shakespeare / October 22, 2016

Shakespeare in Motion / Romeo and Juliet from Joellyn Rock on Vimeo.

Performance Event / Credits:

Featured Music – LOW

Alan Sparhawk – Drum Machine, Synthesizer, Vocals

Mimmi Parker – Vocals

Steve Garrington – Keyboard

Experimental Video Projections

Joellyn Rock – Remixed Narrative Video (Center Screen)

Kathy McTavish – Multi-Projector Video (Ceiling and Walls)

Technical Assistance – UMD Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab, Dan Fitzpatrick, Lisa Fitzpatrick, and Noah Miller

Shakespeare in Motion Dancers – Rebecca Katz Harwood, Matthew Wagner, Kevin Dustrude

Sword players – Rebekah Meyer, Kayla Peters

Event Documentary Video / Audio Production and Promotion – 103.3FM KUMD Duluth Public Radio

Director – Samuel Quackenbush

Editor – Cheyenne Vavrina

Videographers – Dean Berlinerblau, Baylee Reinert, Quentin Stille, Sam Quackenbush, Alec Larson

Audio Recording and Production – Christopher Harwood

Event Hosting and Coordination

Matthew Rosendahl, Director, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, Medieval & Renaissance Literature

Department of English, University of Minnesota Duluth

Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Duluth, Minnesota