To Be With Hamlet is a live theatre performance in Virtual Reality that allows anybody anywhere to have an intimate experience with Hamlet, Shakespeare's dramatic masterpiece. The experience enables audiences to walk the battlements of Elsinore Castle with Hamlet as he confronts the ghost of his murdered father. By utilizing cutting-edge multi-user Virtual Reality technology, the production also enables participants to see their fellow audience members in virtual space in real-time, creating a virtual immersive theatre experience like no other.
In order to bring the immediacy and intimacy of theater to the virtual space, we are using Ikinema software with Optitrack face and motion capture technology to create a live, photorealistic avatar of Prince Hamlet. A 3D scan of the actor will be applied to a virtual “skeleton” made from the motion capture data to create a virtual Prince Hamlet that is as dynamic and realistic as a live actor. The project’s M3diate technology will allow up to fifteen audience members to perceive each other as they explore Elsinore Castle together.
To Be With Hamlet was featured at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival's Virtual Arcade.