Intel will break new boundaries in live theater and pay homage to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and The Imaginarium Studios to incorporate the latest cutting-edge technology in a digitally reimagined production of “The Tempest.” Together, Intel, RSC and The Imaginarium Studios will create a new audience experience by rendering a digital character – Ariel the sprite – live on stage.
Performance capture technology developed by The Imaginarium Studios, typically reserved for pre-recorded content like video games and films, is powered by Intel to allow this digital avatar to interact with other live actors in real-time. To match the spontaneity of live theater, the avatar is created with 336 joints, the equivalent to recreating every joint in the human body, and is powered by a PC that has 50-million times more memory than the one that put man on the moon.
Intel, the RSC and The Imaginarium Studios have dedicated more than a year of research and collaboration to deliver this unprecedented use of technology in a live classical theater production. It is the latest example of what’s possible when Intel technology meets a passion for telling stories with great artistry.
Running through January 21, 2017, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, tickets are available through the RSC.
- Intel and the Royal Shakespeare Company Collaborate with The Imaginarium Studios to Create Ariel as a Digital Avatar for the First Time
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