Spirits Melted Into Air
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air:
The Tempest, Act IV, Scene i
Spirits Melted Into Air is a project exploring the motion of actors on stage. Shakespeare is frequently understood - especially by those studying it - as a text first and foremost. But the RSC's work is about interpreting, performing, and presenting that text. Drama is not static: it is physical, it is energetic. The words come to life in the context of a performance. And that performance takes place across a huge stage: though it may look small from a distance, it's a large space for an actor to cover, and many great performances take in all of it.
Spirits attempts to show the performance beyond the words: the work of Actors, Directors, and Choreographers. It does that in two phases: first, capturing that performance; then, illustrating and interpreting it.
It's not expected that you'll be able to immediately get Spirits running out of the box; its open-source nature is mainly for illustration. However:
playbackare Processing sketches, designed for Processing 1.5. They will not work in Processing 2.0 without modification.
- You'll need the following Processing libraries to run them: GSVideo, Keystone, ControlP5.
Notes on video
No sample video is included; you'll have to source that yourself. No sample data is included; you'll have to generate that yourself. Consider this a software release without any data - much of the data used in the original artwork is copyright the RSC. This code is the only open-source element of the project.
Spirits Melted Into Air is open source under the MIT License:
Copyright (C) 2012 Tom Armitage.
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