AI-infused Shakespeare's Garden dazzles at Aranya Theater Festival
Jul 4,2024

In late June, the 2024 Aranya Theater Festival saw director Nie Jingzhu's crossover production Shakespeare's Garden receive enthusiastic acclaim in Qinghuangdao, Hebei province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In late June, the 2024 Aranya Theater Festival in Qinghuangdao, Hebei province, witnessed director Nie Jingzhu's groundbreaking production, Shakespeare's Garden, receiving resounding praise.

Crafted by emerging playwright Huang Bing, the play starred a stellar ensemble comprising Zhang Yamei, Zhang Yexin and Yang Zenghao. Noteworthy for its collaborative spirit, the production engaged gifted young artists across diverse disciplines, spotlighting pioneering approaches in stage design, music, lighting, multimedia, costumes and physical aesthetics.

The play centers on female characters from Shakespeare's works as core data samples. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The production revolves around female characters sourced from Shakespeare's repertoire as primary data points. Through artificial intelligence experiments, it delves into the hurdles machines encounter when replicating and comprehending human emotions.

Pioneering the fusion of theater and contemporary art, Nie boldly catapults Shakespeare's iconic female figures into the realm of artificial intelligence, presenting spectators with a transcendent theatrical experience that defies temporal and spatial constraints.

Written by young playwright Huang Bing, the play featured a stellar cast. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A Central Academy of Fine Arts' School of Design alumna, Nie is celebrated as a prominent designer. Her venture into theater direction underscores her profound artistic acumen and limitless creativity. Departing from conventional Shakespearean interpretations, she presents a novel and captivating perspective on his works.

Editor: Song Lifang, Mi Wenting