The Aesthetics of Atmospheres

Notes on The Aesthetics of Atmospheres, Gernot Bohme, edited by thiebaut   [intro] What effects human beings in their environment are not just natural factors but also aesthetic ones “atmosphere is what relates objective factors and constellations...

The idea of Second Circle (theater)

“aha” moments as they come– Patsy Rodenburg’s notion of Second Circle. This dynamic figure (voice teacher of many famous actors like Judy Dench) discusses personal power and the essential idea that one must not misuse one’s power. She says this notion is at the center of every Shakesepeare play — the message that we must...

Henry Hotspur as the Tragic Protagonist of Henry IV, Part I

Prince Hal and Hotspur serve as dual protagonists in Henry IV, Part I, giving the play a dual storyline: one tragic, one heroic. “Gallant Hotspur” (1:2) begins the play at his height. He has won favor with the king and has enjoyed great military glory. Hal, meanwhile, begins the play as a lazy ne’er-do-well estranged […]