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Live theater using cutting-edge technology by VISGRAF Lab

About

Overview

An audio-visual summary of the project.

The project

An experiment based on the Shakespeare’s play combining theatrical performance with live cinema using virtual reality and gaming technologies.

Technology

The experiment was produced as a proof-of-concept of VR Kino+Theater.

Team

We are a multidisciplinary team of performing arts professionals, designers, and computer scientists who want to push the boundaries of what is possible in this area.

Schedule

A 9 months project starting in March 2017 with public presentations held on 18th of December.

The play

The Tempest

A play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone.

First Folio

Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. Modern scholars commonly refer to it as the “First Folio”.

In film

Wikipedia lists 14 screen adaptations of  The Tempest for TV and film.In our creative process, two films can be highlighted.

Tech productions

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) along the technological support of Intel, produced The Tempest using ground breaking live motion capture technology to recreate the spirit, Ariel.

Narrative arcs and excerpt

The play is structured in several story threads. For the experiment, we chose a narrative excerpt from the original play.

Production

Sets

Island, cell, clearing and viewpoint

Props

Table, chair, staff, books, candelabrum and chemical set

Characters

Prospera, Miranda and Ariel

Sound

Ambient sound and effects

Cinema

Lighting

Cell, Clearing, and viewpoint scenes

Cinematography

Multi-camera switcher and director’s interface

Effects

Simulation and Graphics for visual effects.

Music

Opening and ending

Staging

Storyboard

  Visualization and planning the experiment.

Blocking

  Designing the actor’s performance.

Rehearsals

  Putting all the pieces together.

Research

VR Kino+Theater

Technical resources used in the project.  

Tech Reports

The technology behind the experiment.  

Slides

Talks and presentations about the project.

Media

 

Photos

Visual documentation of the process.

Videos

Trailers, testimonies and more.