Uncanny Valley

€ 20 / € 16

When a robot begins to look too much like a person, we get suspicious. The aversion expresses itself in self-doubt and the question as to how humankind still distinguishes itself from the machine. This strange feeling has been described by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori as the ‘uncanny valley’ and forms the starting point for Rimini Protokoll’s theatrical performance. Working for the first time with playwright Thomas Melle, the German collective created a humanoid robot bearing his physical appearance. The life-like, mechanical doppelgänger takes the place onstage of the human original. This substitution raises a lot of questions. What happens to the original when the copy takes over? Does the original get to know itself better thanks to its electronic alter ego? Are the copy and the original doomed to compete or will they conclude a pact? And as spectators, do we feel as much empathy for the human being as for the machine? Uncanny Valley is an unsettling confrontation with the thinning boundary between the two.


By: Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) & Thomas Melle/Müncher Kammerspiele
Concept, text & direction: Stefan Kaegi
Text, body & voice: Thomas Melle
Equipment: Evi Bauer
Animatronic: Chiscreatures Filmeffects GmbH
Manufacturing and art finish of the silicone head/coloration and hair: Tommy Opatz
Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber
Video design: Mikko Gaestel
Music: Nicolas Neecke
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling  

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaistudio’s
Production: Münchner Kammerspiele
Coproduction: Temporada Alta (Girona), Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Immersion - Feodor Elutine (Moskau), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Milan), donaufestival (Krems)
Performing rights by: Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg
With the support of: Goethe Institut

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