Kammer 3

UNHEIMLICHES TAL / UNCANNY VALLEY

BY RIMINI PROTOKOLL (STEFAN KAEGI) AND THOMAS MELLE

Director: Stefan Kaegi

Performance

Thomas Melle invites you to an evening lecture on instability. But who is speaking and what is his agenda? For “Uncanny Valley”, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) made a copy of Thomas Melle (“Die Welt im Rücken”) in the form of a humanoid robot. What happens when a person is copied? Does the original person get to know himself better through his electronic double? Technology is taking over all sorts of menial work, and is now being tested on stage: What if a humanoid robot performs the lecture instead of the writer? Would the robot become a performer whose facial expressions, gestures and language trigger empathy – but then, empathy with whom? With Melle himself, who is not there, or with the robot? Whose voice is heard in the Uncanny Valley? Thomas Melle gives up control. The humanoid robot takes over and asks himself every night: what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over? Does he become more or less invisible?

An English translation can be provided on request.

Head of Robot Project and Puppetteering: Chris Kunzmann
Lead Robot Construction: Andreas Mattijat
Lead Robot Programmer and Puppetteering: Stefano Trambusti
Assistant Robot construction: Jonathan Noormann
Robotcontrol and programming support: Daniel Stiber
Steuerungstechnik: WeiglControl
Electronic support: Hendrik Donner
Moldmaking and galsfibertec: Niko Weber
FDM Print Construstion cleanup and 3D Print assist: Delia Kunzmann

Stage Production

Stefan Kaegi

Text, Body, Voice

Thomas Melle

Stage design and Costume

Chris Creatures Filmeffects GmbH

scenography

Eva-Maria Bauer

Animatronic team

Chris Creatures Filmeffects GmbH

manifacturing and art finish of the silicone head / coloration and hair

Tommy Opatz

Video

Mikko Gaestel

Music

Niki Neecke

Lighting

Michael Pohorsky

Dramaturgy

Martin Valdés-Stauber

In Coproduction with

Berliner Festspiele - Immersion, Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya, Impresario Feodor Elutine ( Russia | Moscow ), SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht, Holland, Triennale Teatro dell'Arte, Milano, Donaufestival / Krems
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Premiere on 04. October 2018