Robin Jonsson

"The most human"

Hi Robot – Das Mensch Maschine Festival

Sat 16.03. 20:00 + Sun 17.03. 20:00 HI, ROBOT!

Olivia is a dancer and grew up in Stockholm. Alex is a humanoid, autonomous and self-learning robot as well as a dancer, and he grew up in IDA, the Computer and Informatics Faculty at Linköping University in Sweden. Stockholm-based choreographer, sound artist and P.A.R.T.S. graduate Robin Jonsson gave equal stature to these protagonists in “The most human” – carried by their respective abilities and specifics. Distortion and programme, reduction and complexity are immanent to both. At the same time, they embody character and personality – like, for example, when Alex proceeds to display a certain gait, or in narrations of friendship and cross-species affection.
So, the staging succeeds in taking a look at what might be the meaning of the human factor, of presence and authenticity in the encounter between human and machine. The movements and interactions of both dancers yield a lot more questions, because robots play increasingly important roles in many social fields: In the tertiary sector, in the care sector, in production and heavy industries – here, humans have ceded tasks to machines, or they collaborate closely with them. Who or what is now “the most human” here? The emotions are in turmoil. 

Duration: 50 min. / Following the performance. Explain-Bots: What are androids, and when do we consider them to have reached an autonomous state? Where do they learn their humanoid movements, and what kind of technology is required? Following the performance, human explainers mingle with the audience and invite them to take a look under the surface of the machines. 
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Concept, Choreography: Robin Jonsson; Performance: Alex, the robot, and Olivia Riviere as a substitute for Ludvig Daae in Düsseldorf; Development robot: Fredrik Löfgren; Production: Sara Bergsmark; Costume design: Tove Berglund; Composition: Siri Jennefelt; Lighting design: Johan Sundén; Monolog: Malin Axelsson; Technic: Björn Kuajara; Artistic consulting: Emma Kim Hagdahl. Photo: Joanna Nordah. A production of Robin Jonsson, co-produced by Turneslingan Tre Scener (MDT, Atalante und Dansstationen), Cullberg Ballett and European Network Life Long Burning and Köttinspektionen. In collaboration with the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Linköping, Smart Produktionshaus and Swedish Radio Drama. With support of The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and The Municipality of Stockholm, City of Stockholm and Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden. HI, ROBOT! is a festival about the future of the human body, initiated by tanzhaus nrw and in cooperation with NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and Black Box / Kino im Filmmuseum Düsseldorf, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Media partner: Monopol.