The Tempest Replica presents Shakespeareʼs play in two parallel worlds. Firstly, the play is represented as an on-stage storyboard, with the plot points of the narrative delivered minimally, through the gestures, postures, and configurations of the faceless body inside a maquette-like space. Secondly, the play is explored through a series of portraits – the characters and relationships from The Tempest are manifested through fierce physical language and emotion.
My hope for the viewer is that, armed with the plot points of a narrative, he or she is more deeply invested in the performance: the choreography becomes more than just a dance between two people – rather, it is imbued with a story we have all shared.
The themes of Shakespeareʼs The Tempest are resonant and beautiful. A magician bent on revenge, ultimately decides to choose virtue over vengeance, relinquishing his power and ambition in order to find his humanity. Prosperoʼs relationship to his muse, Ariel, and his monster, Caliban, is the relationship of any creator to his work, passion, obsession. The relationships between the civilized and the wild echo the tension between the conscious and the unconscious, the instinct and the intellect. The Island, like the mind, is a place of mystery, spirit and ego.
Choreographer: Crystal Pite
Composer: Owen Belton
Sound Designers: Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
Costume Designer: Nancy Bryant
Lighting Designer: Robert Sondergaard
Set Designer: Jay Gower Taylor
Projection Designer: Jamie Nesbitt