Taiwan's innovative dancer and robot duo - Huang Yi & KUKA - will kick off a performance tour across the U.S. that will take them to colleges in Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, and California from Sept. 21 to Oct. 14.
The University of Maryland, first stop of the tour, asks what it means to be human when hardware becomes body and software becomes soul, while the Georgia Institute of Technology applauds the poetic work for flawlessly intertwining modern dance and visual arts with the realm of robotics.
The University of Purdue, where Huang will serve a one-week residency in October, urged its students to come witness the limbs of muscle and metal unite in a beautiful, balletic fusion of continuous movement.
The University of California, San Diego will serve as the last host to one of Asia's most prolific choreographers, whose fascination with the partnership between humans and robots led him to transform the continuous flow of data into dance.
The production is part of the Taoyuan-based Quanta Arts Foundation's "QARing—International Digital Art Performance Collaborative Cultural Project,” which was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture's Rainbow Initiative.
Huang, 32, programs KUKA's choreography himself. It takes up to ten hours to produce just one minute of the robot's movement. The duo will be joined on stage by Taiwanese dancers Hu Chien (胡鑑) and Lin Jou-wen (林柔雯).
‘Huang Yi & KUKA'
9/25-26 @ Maryland
10/1 @ Georgia
10/8 @ Indiana
10/14 @ California