Monday, June 13, 2011
A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Perfume Event begins tomorrow!
A couple of months ago, I received a lovely and flattering invitation to participate as a blogger and reviewer in a lovely project -- a scented mediation on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sixteen perfumers and eleven bloggers are participating and I was lucky enough to be included.
In any circumstance I would be so flattered, but I have particular affection for this play among the Bard's works. Like so many, I read it in high school. However, A Midsummer Night's Dream also came to the Houston Grand Opera around that time, and I got to see it on a choir field trip. It was the first, and remains the only, opera I have had the opportunity to see live and in person. Even today, almost twenty years later, I remember thinking how beautiful and magical the story was. The music was beautiful, the sets were stunning, and the emotion palpable.
Since then I've seen the play performed live twice and the three major film adaptations -- 1935, 1968, and the more recent 1999 American film, the latter at the theater. Every time I have read the play or scene a production of it, I find something new and fresh to find affection in. Like so much of Shakespeare's works, each interpretation provides and opportunity to see the themes and parts played out differently, so that one may bring focus to one or another in making the play their own.
So it is with great pride and special affection I take part in this, A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Perfume Event, running June 14- 24. This main link will be a clearing hour for the various related writings and the place to find an updated list of posts from all the participants related to the project.
For myself? I have four fabulous scents to review. My posts will begin as most things Shakespeare-related do -- Anon!
Many humble thanks to all the perfumers for trusting us poor sods and our noses with your endeavors, and to Amanda of Esscentual Alchemy for putting the whole thing together.