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Der Sturm

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

*** Dernière-Special *** Artist Talk with Moved by the Motion, before the last show on Sunday, 14 April, 14:00-15:15, schwarzescafé, Löwenbräukunst, Moderation: Ann Demeester, Director Kunsthaus Zürich


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
Musical Direction
Asma Maroof
Tapiwa Svosve / Miao Zhao / Ahya Simone
Text / Adaption
Sophia Al-Maria
Stage design
Nicole Hoesli / Nina Mader
Costume design
Kyle Luu
A.I. Video Design
Pierre Zandrowicz
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
Dramaturgy intern
Emilia Wehrli
Eva Willenegger
János Stefan Buchwardt
Speech coach
Julia Kiesler
Surtitle set-up
Agnieszka Fietz (Panthea)
Surtitle operators
Josephine Scheibe / Isabelle Koch / Victoria Engler
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Supported by Förder Circle des Schauspielhaus Zürich.

German stage adaptation by Gerhild Steinbuch using the following translations:
Gabriele Groenewold (performing rights Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Hamburg), Frank Günther (performance rights publisher Hartmann&Stauffacher, Cologne), Erich Fried (performance rights Verlag Felix Bloch Erben, Berlin)

Proofreading translation Tizian Rupp.

For the surtitles, Shakespeare's original text was used and adapted to the stage version.


  • 2h40, break included
  • Premiere: 20. January 2024, Pfauen
  • English Surtitles
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 24.1., 26.1., 29.1., 17.2. and 11.3.
Introduction: Emilia Wehrli, Theaterjahr

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.

William Shakespeares Der Sturm spielt auf einer abgelegenen, nur von Wasser umgebenen Insel und erzählt eine Geschichte von Sprache und Land, von Kunst, Macht und Sterblichkeit. Moved by the Motion verwebt Shakespeares kanonisches Stück mit Elementen der Science-Fiction, Satire und dem magischen Akt des Theaters selbst. Zwei Menschen, die sich auf der Bühne begegnen, sind Yèinou Avognon und Sebastian Rudolph. Im folgenden Gespräch, geführt von Emilia Wehrli, reflektieren die beiden Schauspieler*innen, wie sie ans Theater gekommen sind. Als Vertreter*innen zwei verschiedener Generationen sprechen sie über unterschiedliche genauso wie geteilte Erfahrungen.

The Directors Talk
About Season 23/24

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.