Thursday, 11 March 2021 22:24

Sydney Opera House to present free livestreams of 'Dream' online Featured


The Sydney Opera House has announced that it is the exclusive Australian streaming partner for 'Dream', a live, online performance from The Royal Shakespeare Company that uses innovative gaming and motion-capture technology.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, theatre, music and ground-breaking technology combine in what the Sydney Opera Houses describes as an extraordinary exploration into the future of live performance.

The Sydney Opera House says 'Dream' gives a unique opportunity for audiences to experience a new performance environment on their mobile, desktop or tablet “from wherever they are in the world”.

The live performance is set in a virtual midsummer forest narrated by Australia’s Nick Cave, when Puck invites the audience on a dreamlike journey between dusk and dawn.

With a cloud of fireflies lighting the way, viewers will explore the forest and encounter four sprites, Moth, Peaseblossom, Cobweb and Mustardseed, with Dream using real-time motion-capture technology to take audiences into the “magical world of a midsummer forest – online but entirely live”.

Integral to the experience of Dream is also the music - with an interactive symphonic score recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra manipulated in key points in the play in real-time by the performers, creating interactive music with their movements.

The pioneering collaboration produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company, in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra, explores how audiences could experience live performance in the future.

Dream was due to open in Spring 2020 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as an in person and online live performance, and has been recreated during the pandemic for online audiences whilst theatres in the UK remain closed.

The 50-minute online event will be a shared experience between remote audience members and the company of actors who play Puck and the sprites.

The Opera House says that since its inception nearly a decade ago, its digital program has engaged tens of millions of people around the world through livestreams, podcast series, short films and original digital events.

“Delivering the unmissable work of Sydney Opera House Presents to the laptops, living rooms and mobile phones of audiences everywhere, the digital program led by Head of Digital Programming Stuart Buchanan delivers high-quality streams and recordings direct from our stages, along with new digital presentations that extend and complement the Opera House’s Artistic Strategy,” the Opera House says in a statement.

“Core to Digital Programming is the delivery of Digital Creative Learning to schools and educators around the country, offering free programs of livestreams, interactive workshops, author talks and original content.”

Sydney Opera House says that digital programming was central to the 2020 digital season, noting that From Our House to Yours was designed to uplift and inspire audiences while the Opera House was temporarily closed to the public.

“Over 200 digital works were produced during the season, amounting to over 140 hours of programming. From Our House to Yours was enthusiastically received by audiences around the world with 5.3 million views and listens, and over 450,000 hours of programming consumed, maintaining the shared experience of attending art and cultural events for online audiences and communities,” the Sydney Opera House says.

Sydney Opera House is the exclusive Australian streaming partner for two free live performances of Dream on:

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