Der Sturm

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Sophia Al-Maria
Staging: Moved by the Motion

Following their acclaimed adaptation Moby Dick; or, The Whale at the Schauspielhaus Zürich in 2021, the group Moved by the Motion around Wu Tsang, Tosh Basco, Josh
Johnson and Asma Maroof continue their deep dive into maritime worlds.

Set on a remote island, surrounded only by water, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest tells a tale of language and land, of art, power and mortality. It is believed to be the playwright’s last act, a farewell to the stage before disappearing from the public eye. The main character Prospero, an exiled socerer, is seen as a symbol of Shakespeare himself, using his creative powers to shape and control the world around him.

Moved by the Motion weaves together Shakespeare’s canonical play with elements of sci-fi, satire, and the magic act of theatre itself. In an adaptation by long-time collaborator and writer Sophia Al-Maria, they take us into the near future, where the sea levels have risen to apocalyptic levels – leaving the few remaining humans to confront their humanity.

Artistic Direction
Moved by the Motion
Wu Tsang
Movement Direction
Tosh Basco
Josh Johnson
Asma Maroof
Text / Adaption
Sophia Al-Maria
Stage design
Nicole Hoesli / Nina Mader
Costume design
Kyle Luu
Sara Mathiasson
Christoph Kunz
Helena Eckert
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Audience Development
Rona Schauwecker
Touring & International Relations
Björn Pätz
Production Assistance
Mahlia Theismann
Stage design assistance
Lenki Behm
Costume design Assistance
Anna Toni Vyshnyakova
Production intern
Till Kadler
Costume design intern
Emilia Wehrli
Gedeon Mfebe
Eva Willenegger
János Stefan Buchwardt
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Supported by Förder Circle des Schauspielhaus Zürich

  • Premiere: 20. January 2024, Pfauen
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  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 24.1., 26.1. and 29.1.
Saturday 20.01. 20:00 Pfauen
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Wednesday 24.01. 20:00 Pfauen
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Friday 26.01. 20:00 Pfauen
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Monday 29.01. 20:00 Pfauen
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  • Theatre Monday
Sunday 04.02. 16:00 Pfauen
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The 23/24 season of the Schauspielhaus Zürich will be special. Not only because it is the last season of Nicolas Stemann's and Benjamin von Blomberg's directorship, but also because the eight house directors are all returning to the house once again to work on new productions. In eight short videos, they talk about their plans.