Month: January 2010

Oberon v Titania

Date: 2009
Posted by: chrisnatti
Cast: Borts Minorts (Oberon), Ball Ball Minorts (Titania), Bonestein (Titania fairy dancer), Skin Jones (Oberon fairy dancer)
Credits: A Chris Carlone Creation
Duration: 3.03

Now here’s something to stop you in your tracks. Borts Minorts is a New York performance artist/dancer/musician, real name Chris Carlone, who with his like-minded cohorts combines performance art with avant garde music, pantomime and off-the-wall dance to create an exuberant brew of pure artistic energy. Add Shakespeare into the mix and the results are compelling.

And so we have Oberon v Titania, an open-air assault on Shakespeare’s characters with wild dancing amid the trees, done to the accompaniment of a mad mix of tortured guitar and trombone, and intercut with a concert of the same song (there are words, largely indecipherable). Borts Minorts himself is Oberon, dressed in the white ski suit that is his customary costume. Ball Ball Minorts (his sister, apparently) plays Titania. The how and why of it are a little difficult to determine, but it is pure Dada.

Links:
YouTube page
HD YouTube version
Bort Minorts’ MySpace

Miranda make-up

Date: 2009
Posted by: aliabombalia
Cast: AliaBombalia (Miranda)
Credits: Made by AliaBombalia
Duration: 5.28

‘How to’ videos offering make-up advice and beauty tips are a major genre within YouTube, so it’s probably inevitable that one relating to Shakespeare should turn up. Here AliaBaombalia provides tips with practical illustration on preparing to look like Miranda (as she was preparing to do for a drama class). Miranda, we learn, needs to be “very neutral, very sheer” with “flawless skin”, and being aged 15 is “really cutesy, a little bit ditzy too”. For the look she adopts Avon personal match foundation in ivory, MAC select sheer powder in NC15, Boi-Ing concealer in 01, Urban Decay Primer Potion, various colours from the W7 pallette, Great Lash black mascara by Maybelline, and Rimmel Sweet Jelly in Moreish (10). But no eyeliner – she’s grown up on an island, and they wouldn’t have coal pencils there.

Links:
YouTube page

Sonnet 12

Date: 2006
Posted by: siblmp
Cast: none
Credits: made by Michael Sibley
Duration: 2.27

Such a simple concept. The words of an abbreviated version of Sonnet 12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”) have been filmed apparently floating slowly past on the River Avon (it’s hard to tell given the low image resolution, but some trickery is involved since the words then float backwards). The reflected clouds add reflective depth, while the drifting words suggest poetic reverie. It’s just a shame about the naff fretless bass on the music track.

Links:
YouTube page
Michael Sibley’s personal site

William Shakespeare Sonnet 30

Date: 2007
Posted by: ChrisDavey83
Cast: none
Credits: made by Chris Davey
Duration:0.36

A hypnotic interpretation of Sonnet 30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”), produced by a graphic design student set the task of creating a TV ident for a BBC series (presumably an academic exercise rather than one that was actually used by the BBC). Words drift in and out, laterally and vertically, overlaid upon themselves, artfully playing with fonts and layout, a typographer’s reverie. It’s a satisfying visual reading that demonstrates what power words have alone to catch the eye.

Links:
YouTube page
Chris Davy on MySpace