This past weekend, Friday, September 24. and Saturday, September 25. 2015, LAARK Production from Prescott performed “The Tempest” at Arcosanti.

The Arcosanti buildings have lent themselves to dramatic settings for many past events and last week-end was a perfect example of how poignant individual settings can enhance a particular performance.

[photo by Erin O’Loughlin, text by Sue Kirsch]

The center of the Vaults became a ship in a terrific storm with thunder reverberating from the walls, with fire dancers flashing lightning from their fingers and and the heaving ocean created by enthusiastic waving of long sheets of silky material.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

The audience then turned their chairs to watch the second part of the performance, Prospero and Miranda in front of the Colly Garden with wonderful lighting of the olive trees in the background…

[photo by Colleen Connery]

… with the sprite Ariel hiding in one of the trees before springing into action and the furies slinking along the grass in sinister fashion.

[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]

Audience and performers then moved to the Colly Soleri Amphitheater, where the performance continued with intensity and some very funny scenes.

[photo by Colleen Connery]

It was an all together enchanting evening.

[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]

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