What You Will – 2020.08.08

A virtual site-specific adventure across the globe

“This is revolutionary in the history of theatre and the digital arts.”

Viewer from Osaka

“Performance will have this as a model for their productions for centuries to come.”

Viewer from Toronto

What You Will: Re-Live the Experience

website launch:

August 15th, 2020

What You Will Digital Exhibition & Media


The Shakespeare Ensemble

A collective of international artists who play to explore Shakespeare’s rehearsal & performance practices – especially those of stage-craft – exploring new tools for modern production & education.

A travelling Ensemble, they engage with communities around the world. As they tour, they create and re-create each show, listening to their environment, their audience, and each other. They adapt rehearsal methods from Shakespeare’s time to raise their shows in 3-5 days. Communication of heart is craft.

cræft
1. strength ; power 2. skill ; art 3. an occupation 4. a device ; especially magical

From https://www.oldenglishtranslator.co.uk/

In the summer of 2018 a group of artists met in Holyhead, North Wales to raise an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in five days. The Dreame Project was free for all, used 16th century lute music, 5 metre tall Bunraku puppets, a deck of clowns, & the audience and Ensemble shared a locally foraged organic meal at the end.

In the autumn of 2019 the Shakespeare Ensemble toured Japan, raising 3 plays in 7 days. Using modern reworking of Elizabethan rehearsal practices they reimagined the plays with every pass., and welcomed resonances from modern Kabuki practices.

In 2020, we are exploring the possibilities in digital performance.

photography by Matt Reznek, Kája Curtis, & the Ensemble

” The use of the space was marvelous. Striking adaptation of Shakespeare — so experimental, yet very traditional. What an unforgettable experience.”

audience member, tokyo