A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a matter of gender



Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description This paper is focused on a Musical production of Shakespearean Midsummer Night´s Dreams at The Mrštík Brother’s Theatre from 1991. Stanislav Moša’s production stems from the fantastic and dreamy parts of Shakespeare’s play. There are two different allegories: human society is viewed through the world of elves which is, technically, primarily visible in the stage design. Libretto, however, describes the inner state of such a society mainly with the use of music terms. Harmony and disharmony of tones reflects mutual relations between individual figures. Moša destroys the social hierarchy as portrayed by Shakespeare. The destiny of empty characters is highlighted here; characters whose frustration is reflected in their impossible relations and, as a whole, in a sort of gender conflict. Genderless Puck becomes the main figure of this midsummer fairy – he becomes narrator, initiator, conductor, and commentator whose story about a surreal dream of harmony turns into a harsh critique of human society as such.
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