Digital Echoes pp 191-211 | Cite as

Digital Environments for Intercultural Content: A Case Study on the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive

  • Alvin Eng Hui Lim


Since 2009, the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive (A|S|I|A; has archived audiovisual recordings, scripts, and production materials of some of the key intercultural productions of East and Southeast Asia. Notions of ownership, representation and interculturality are tested when cultural productions that are translations and creative interpretations of Shakespeare’s text and Asian performance forms are hosted in a single online repository. Focusing on the archive’s video player the chapter draws attention to a complex site of intercultural reproduction and reception, where diverse perspectives, translations, and cultural entanglements are assembled through digital archiving. By analysing the website and its features as an entry point through which one experiences the intercultural, Lim shows how translation is necessary to build a digital environment for intercultural performance.


  1. Bay-Cheng, Sarah. 2012. Theater Is Media: Some Principles for a Digital Historiography of Performance. Theatre 42 (2): 27–41. Accessed 2 October 2015. Scholar
  2. Bharucha, Rustom. 1993. Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 1996. Somebody’s Other: Disorientations in the Cultural Politics of Our Times. In The Intercultural Performance Reader, ed. Patrice Pavis, 196–212. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 2001. Consumed in Singapore: The Intercultural Spectacle of Lear. Theater 31 (1): 107–127.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Featherstone, Mike. 2000. Archiving Cultures. British Journal of Sociology 51 (1): 161–184.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Fischer-Lichte, Erika. 1996. Interculturalism in Contemporary Theatre. In The Intercultural Performance Reader, ed. Patrice Pavis, 27–40. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  7. Pavis, Patrice. 1992. Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture. London and New York: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Taylor, Diana. 2003. Acts of Transfer. In The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Tian, Min. 2008. The Poetics of Difference and Displacement: Twentieth-Century Chinese-Western Intercultural Theatre. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.Google Scholar
  10. Yong, Li Lan, Eng Hui Alvin Lim, Ken Takiguchi, Chee Keng Lee, Hyon-u Lee, Ha-young Hwang, Michiko Suematsu, and Kaori Kobayashi. 2015. Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive (A|S|I|A). 2nd ed. National University of Singapore. In English, Chinese, Japanese. Accessed 1 October 2015.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvin Eng Hui Lim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Personalised recommendations