• Innovating Shakespeare: The Politics of Technological Partnership in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest (2016)

    Author(s):
    Amy Borsuk (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists, Performance Studies, Shakespeare
    Subject(s):
    Digital culture, Shakespearean institutions, Shakespeare performance
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    digital economy, motion capture, Royal Shakespeare Company
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/qmm8-ws98
    Abstract:
    This article examines the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) recent focus on digital ‘innovation’ by analysing the relationship between their emerging digital-focused business practices and digital performance practice for The Tempest (2016). To assess this relationship, I first review the socioeconomic context of 21st century neoliberal UK economic policy that encourages arts organisations such as the RSC to participate in innovative digital production practices. I follow with a definition and deconstruction of ‘innovation’ as a key term in UK economic policy. I then demonstrate how the RSC has strategically become involved in innovation practices throughout the 2010s. I will then analyse the digital, motion-capture performance practices the RSC developed in partnership with Intel and motion-capture studio The Imaginarium for The Tempest. In doing so, I will demonstrate that The Tempest serves to legitimise the RSC’s status as a competitor and collaborator in the wider digital economy.
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    Published
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