Dublin Theatre Festival

4D Art

La Tempête

by William Shakespeare

Venue OReilly Theatre, Belvedere
Date 3 Oct - 7 Oct 7.30pm
7 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 1hr 35mins

Translated by Normand Chaurette
Directed by Michel LemieuxVictor PilonDenise Guilbault
Set Designed by Anick La Bissonniere
Costumes Designed by Michel Robidas
Lighting Designed by Alain Lortie
Composed by Michel Smith

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Live and virtual actors mingle in this multi award-winning and mind-blowing production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Allegedly intrigued by the theatrical potential of lantern light, the cutting-edge technology of his time, Shakespeare would no doubt be fascinated with the digital magic of Montréal-based 4D Art's award-winning La Tempête, a decidedly imaginative and contemporary take on one of the Bard's most hallucinatory works. Robbed of his dukedom, and exiled with his daughter Miranda to a mysterious and enchanted island, Prospero conjures a violent storm, wrecking a ship carrying the brother who be trayed him, and unleashing a whirlwind of otherworldly and profoundly human turmoil.

Flesh-and-blood actors interact seamlessly, surreally, with virtual figures that are life-size one moment, impossibly gigantic the next. Lightning flashes, thunder roars, wind rushes. In 4D’s version, the inhabitants of the island are real and played by actors live onstage, while those characters washed ashore are played by pre-recorded actors projected and reflected onto thin air. Thanks to the virtual technology at their disposal, spells, visions and poetry create a previously unimaginable storm that appeals not only to the senses, but also to the mind, conveying the dreamy opulence of the work. And through it all, Prospero, assisted by the spirit Ariel, tries to exact his just revenge, an undertaking that yields satisfaction and, along with it, a healing dose of goodness.

With the support of the Québec Government Office, London.

Performed in French with English surtitles.


"PURE MAGIC!” - Montréal Journal

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