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El món és escenari

El món és escenari: tots els homes i dones representen només; tenen entrades i sortides; i l’home en el seu temps fa molts papers, amb set edats per actes. Primer en braços de la dida miola, perboca i rondineja; després estudiant, amb la cartera i rostre matinal, se’n va a l’escola com un cargol, a contra-cor. Amant, després sospira com un forn, fa versos tristos sobre les celles de l’amiga. Soldat d’estranys renecs després, i amb barba de lleopard, gelós d’honor i prompte a batre’s, cerca fama, que és bombolla, fins a la boca del canó. Ja jutge, amb gran ventre folrat de bons capons, té greus els ulls i una severa barba, molts exemples moderns i sàvies dites: i així fa el seu paper. L’edat sisena el torna un bufó prim i amb sabatilles, du ulleres i les galtes li fan bossa; mitges de jove són un món massa ample per a la cama prima; i la veu forta, tornada barboteig d’infant, flauteja i xiula en els seus sons. L’última escena, que clou aquesta història tan moguda, és segona infantesa i simple oblit, sense ulls, ni dents, ni gust, sense cap cosa.

William Shakespeare, «El món és escenari». Dins: Poesia anglesa i nord-americana. Traducció i notes de Marià Manent. Barcelona: Editorial Alpha, 1955, p. 72. Font: Visat

 All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. At first the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school. And then the lover, sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then, a soldier, full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel, seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, in fair round belly with good capon lined, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut, full of wise saws and modern instances; and so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts into the lean and slippered pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side, his youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide for his shrunk shank, and his big, manly voice, turning again toward childish treble, pipes and whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, that ends this strange, eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.  William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II.vii.138-165

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Shakespeare Lives in 2016

Here’s a thought. If there was a prize for most screenwriting credits, we’d have one of those. Unfortunately he can’t be here with us tonight. That’s because the winner, with over a thousand, is William Shakespeare. But how can a man who died long before the invention of cinema have racked up so many credits? Simple! By creating the most moving, exciting and injuring stories ever written. Shakespeare showed us what it means to be human. We’ve all been in love, sick or heartbroken by Romeo and Juliet, or felt Macbeth’s burning greed and ambition. And who hasn’t experienced jealousy like Othello? No wonder artist around the globe are still eager to adapt Will’s works.

So how will the British Council mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016? By bringing him back to life? Not exactly. But they are planning an international celebration of his life’s work called Shakespeare lives, the global programme of events and activities, bringing the UK’s Number 1 cultural icon to everyone. It is an invitation to the world to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools. It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations. Do you want to know more? Go to Shakespeare lives!