William Shakespeare's works are most well-known on the stage in the form of a play. When the words at the heart of the story are removed and replaced with choreographed movement, it allows the audience to experience the stories, characters, and plots in a more emotionally focused manner. Ballet interpretations of some of Shakespeare's most famous works are often taken on by world-renowned ballet companies, such as The Royal Ballet in London and The New York City Ballet. Companies and choreographers around the world are able to bring new light and depth to the emotional sides of these stories, giving more room to certain moments of the plot through dance that allow the audience to participate in a unique viewing of well-known texts. Looking at Shakespeare's works through a lens which removes the written word and instead relies on movement and expression refocuses the familiar elements of the stories into an emotionally driven experience.
"Ballet and the Emotional Refocusing of Shakespeare,"
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