Shakespeare offers the richest material for negotiating the transition from textual paradigms to a truly performance-based mode of understanding artworks.
World-wide performances of Shakespeare provide many teachable moments of globalization.
- is distinct from analogue media such as photography and film
- is a non-linear, non-sequential medium
- can support instant access to any sequence in a performance, as well as the means to re-order and annotate sequences, and to bring them into meaningful conjunction with other videos, texts and image collections
- connects live performances to the concepts of rehearsal and re-play
- can never replace live performance, but it can, especially in a globally interconnected online environment, do many things that the performances it records cannot in themselves do
- can become a part of the cultural experience of new, globally distributed and potentially unlimited audiences both now and in the future.
As stable, accessible, citable video ‘texts’ they can become common objects for close study in the classroom and citation in scholarship.