From the 10th to the 13th of April Verona will host a series of events dedicated to both the cultural role of William Shakespeare in Europe and a discussion of Romeo and Juliet within a context of crisis and reconciliation. These events inaugurate a four-year networked project (2013-2016) promoted by The Shakespeare Institute and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, involving several European partners (including the universities of Munich and Venice), aimed at investigating Shakespeare as a European Muse and establish a European laureateship in his name. From Stratford, to Munich, Venice, and Verona itself, the partners will gather at Verona University to attend international meetings and performances addressed to scholars, students and citizens. The events include: a Summit of the European partners who will discuss the lines of research of the individual teams in view of the final event of the overall project which will coincide with the World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford (2016); a two-day Symposium devoted to a full investigation of the role of the individual and society against the backdrop of a culture of crisis in Romeo and Juliet; a public reading of the Italian, French, and English novellas on the story of the two Veronese lovers written before and after Shakespeare and a round table on the same topic. The week of events will be complemented by a public rehearsal at Teatro Nuovo which will conclude a workshop on Romeo and Juliet with amateur performers run by Lindsay Kemp in Verona in the months of March and April, followed by a public interview with Kemp.
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