The most human
Our relationship to robots are changing fundamentally as they perform more and more activities around us, from socialising with our elderly in retirement homes to art-making. At what point do they become human?
The most human features a humanoid present robot and a human dancer. It is exploring the social relationship an audience can have with a present humanoid robot. How it can affect them emotionally and how they project their own humanity and feelings onto it. Alex the robot feels present, talks to the audience, and makes them dance.
Contact me for a video of the entire piece.
9 October 2019 (excerpt)
Nordic JS, Stockholm
18+19th October 2019
19 november 2019
Gävle Teater, Gävle
21 november 2019
25 november 2019
Dansens Hus, Linköping
30 november 2019
Kulturhuset Spira, Jönköping,
3 december 2019
Borås Stadsteater, Borås
5 december 2019
Gnosjö, Hyltans missionshus
16+17th March 2019
Tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
Barnens Scen, Malmö, Sweden
30+31st October 2018
Dansstationen, Malmö, Sweden
27+28t Oct 2018
Atalante, Göteborg, Sweden
7 September 2018
Nordic JS, Stockholm, Sweden
16 July 2018
IJCAI-ECAI-18, Stockholm, Sweden
15+18+19 May 2018
MDT, Stockholm , Sweden
Documentation of the artistic process: https://vimeo.com/293518652
Article on replacing dancers with robots etcetera: http://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur/roboten-alex-dansar-p%C3%A5-atalante-1.10198518
Reviews & awards
We won an award at Scenkonstgalan 2018 for the best renewer of form:
"We see ourselves through the eyes of something else, something that is created by us, but which is not like us. A simple gesture, a synchronized motion, creates waves of questions within us. What is artificial, what is natural?"
DN 18/5 2018: ”It is smart and charming as it asks questions about artificial intelligence, humanity and memory"
SvD: 16/5 2018: ”An intimate, touching and thoughtful performance about the human condition.”
Aftonbladet 17/5 2018: ”The Most Human becomes more than a show of what robots can do - it's a well-composed, philosophical work of 45 minutes where the robot is not only artificial and intelligent props but is upgraded to an equal dance partner.” & "A lovely existential reflection of what it is like to be human, while raising questions about our robotic future"
Robin Jonsson and Alex visited Nordegren & Epstein
in Swedish Radio P1 (click for new window)
Article about my work in GP (swedish)
Concept, choreography: Robin Jonsson.
Performers: Ludvig Daae and Maria. Robot developer: Fredrik Löfgren. Producer: Sara Bergsmark.
Costume design: Tove Berglund. Lighting design: Johan Sundén. Technician: Björn Kuajara.
Co-produced by Turneslingan Tre Scener (MDT, Atalante and Dansstationen), The Cullberg Balett through the European Network Life Long Burning and Köttinspektionen. In collaboration with Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Linköping. Supported by The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Municipality of Stockholm, Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden and The City of Stockholm. A part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals.
Photo by Chrisander Brun