“Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Finding the Meaning in the Text,” a workshop for actors, directors, and observers; the Society for Creative Anachronism hosts a Medieval Faire
Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism breathe life into the past for fun with their recreations of Middle Ages lifestyle and entertainment. On Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., SCA hosts its second annual Community Demonstration and Fundraiser for Warehouse 21, a Medieval Faire. At the all-ages, family-friendly event are demonstrations of heavy armor, fencing, court and Middle Eastern dance, archery, spinning, and weaving, among other activities. There is also a bake sale as well as a silent auction, items for which include handmade arts and crafts as well as gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. Admission to the fair at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 505-989- 4423) is by donation.
Shakespeare wrote his sonnets for the most part in iambic pentameter — which is the rhythm of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, occurring f i ve times in a line. The meter, found throughout poetry written in English, is often compared to the beating of the human heart: da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM. When such poems are read aloud, the speaker’s breath gives shape to language that it can lack when viewed as a series of words on a page. On Thursday, Feb. 18, from 1: 30 to 4 p. m., Joanna Read and Judith Phillips, principal and head of voice, respectively, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, l ead a workshop, “Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Finding the Meaning in the Text,” for actors, directors, and observers in the Meem Room at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.). Participants explore Shakespeare’s sonnets through voice and body, beginning with exercises to facilitate hearing rather than seeing the words. Attention will be paid to rhythm, image, and the music of language in assonance and alliteration. Admission to the workshop is $25 for actors and $15 for students and observers. Purchase tickets through the Lensic (505- 988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).