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Re: Representing Ariel
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0282  Friday, 14 February 2003

[1]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 17:42:38 GMT0BST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel

[2]     From:   Frank Hildy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 22:05:45 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel


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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 17:42:38 GMT0BST
Subject: 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel

>The Ariel of Beale I saw at the RST was far less adipose-challenged than
>Manger/Lindley indicate.

All things are relative - let's agree that he was a bulkier Ariel than
many; he moved gracefully, but slowly, which increased the impression of
'weightiness'.

>From where I sat his interpretation was rather
>exhilarating.

I would agree - though it had some problematic effects on the play's
balance, in my view.

>We went again just to see him spit upon the old
>curmudgeon.  But I gather this ending was dropped because it was felt
>that people were turning up in droves for it alone.

That may have been true, but the reasons Beale himself gave for dropping
the spit (and it disappeared before the end of the Stratford run)
suggested that he came to feel it was too simplistic, and that he wanted
to explore more ambiguous possibilities.

It certainly divided the reviewers - Peter Holland thought it a
wonderful invention; John Peter and others beseeched Mendes/Beale to cut
it at once.

But if this thread is to continue, then perhaps one might want rather to
discuss the ways in which the physical representation of Ariel - in
gender and age - have knock-on effects on the overall statement a
production makes.

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From:           Frank Hildy <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 22:05:45 -0500
Subject: 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0273 Re: Representing Ariel

In the spring of 2000 Dr David Saltz at the University of Georgia
directed a production of The Tempest in which the actress playing Ariel
was seen cleft in a stout oak. But the limbs that held her were actually
the cable connections to a digital motion capture system. When the
actress moved a live action animation of Ariel was generated in real
time in a computer system and was projected onto the set. The production
cannot be said to have been a great success for many reasons, not all of
them technical, but the concept is one with enormous potential.

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