Intel and Royal Shakespeare Company Create Live Digital Character for 'The Tempest'

The production will use motion-capture technology to render a digital character – Ariel the sprite – live on stage with an actor outfitted with a performance capture suit backstage.
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Intel is working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and The Imaginarium Studios to create a cutting-edge version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The production will use motion-capture technology to render a digital character – Ariel the sprite – live on stage with an actor outfitted with a performance capture suit backstage.

The original Tempest was also technologically advanced, intended to show off the capabilities of Jacobean court masques. "Shakespeare was touching on that new form of theatre,” RSC creative director Gregory Doran tells The New Yorker. “So we wanted to think about what the cutting-edge technology is today that Shakespeare, if he were alive now, would be saying, ‘Let’s use some of that.’ ”

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