Poner en escena The History of Cardenio
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The story of Cardenio began in a book. That story contained, as Roger Chartier recognizes, “a dramatic plot full of secret meetings, soliloquies of cadenced verses and scenes of a spectacular nature” (Chartier 44). But unlike Cervantes, a director must poner en escena, put onstage, that narrative. Directors place people and objects in an artificial space, in spatial relationships to one another and to spectators. Long before I became a scholar or director, I was an actor. But before I became an actor, I danced, and dance is all about the movement of bodies through space (figure 13.1). I think of actors as dancers who speak. In Shakespeare and Fletcher, the actors are poets too, dancers who speak words that dance, words that move rhythmically, like music.
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