Intel to bring Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ to life with ‘digital reimagination’

Technology - Akanksha Singh - Nov 30,2016

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intel rsc and the imaginarium create a life like digital reimagined character

Intel, The Imaginarium Studios and Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing ‘The Tempest’ to life for Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary

It’s been 400 years of pure classic Shakespearean bliss, and as an ode to the greatest play writer, poet, author of all time, Intel, The Imaginarium Studios and Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have joined hands to create a new awe-inspiring audience experience. They would bring to stage a ‘digital character’, Ariel the spirit, live.

Typically reserved for pre-recoded content of video games and films, a technology known as ‘performance capture’ from The Imaginarium Studios will allow the digit avatar to interact with real audience in real time.

Following a year of research, the three firms are ready to bring the technical miracle to stage, the avatar features 336 joints which are equivalent to the number of joints in a human body, which would help the avatar in matching the pace and spontaneity of theatre. Moreover, the computer that powers this avatar has 50-million times the memory of the computer that put man on moon.

RSC says, “The show will bring our theatre-making skills with Intel’s digital innovation together, and The Imaginarium’s expertise in pushing technical boundaries, will combine to create a truly innovative production.”

“Intel will break new boundaries in live theater while paying homage to Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary” Intel quotes, adding that by working with RSC and The Imaginarium Studios it is incorporating the latest cutting-edge technology in a digitally reimagined production.

Intel has also created a Snapchat lens, running in conjunction with the play, to celebrate its partnership. The lens will be taking one or maybe two of the many forms Ariel takes throughout the show, which will be running in Stratford-Upon-Avon, until January 21 2017, tickets are available through the RSC.