Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) / Münchner Kammerspiele

Uncanny Valley

Berlin, Germany

Gabriela Neeb

Uncanny Valley

Berlin, Germany

Gabriela Neeb

Magnificent, troubling reflection on the relation between human and machine
A lifelike robot as only performer in a play about being human. No living being is involved at all. This is found in Uncanny Valley by Stefan Kaegi, with the title referring to the uneasy feeling you get when robots resemble humans too much. Kaegi entered this ‘frightening valley’, and found author and playwright Thomas Melle prepared to have an exact robot copy of himself made. In the performance, robot Melle takes the place of human Melle. The machine attempts to find answers to questions such as: What happens when a robot copy takes over the life of its human original? Does he become better acquainted with himself? Is the electronic double an enemy or can it also be a friend? A decade on, influential German company Rimini Protokoll is returning to Noorderzon with a magnificent, troubling reflection on the relation between machine and human.

“This is something you really need to see! You’ll never forget it!”

- Karim Saab, www.maz-online.de

Credits

Director | Stefan Kaegi
Text, body & voice | Thomas Melle
Equipment | Evi Bauer
Animatronics | Chiscreatures Filmeffects GmbH
Manufacture of Melle's silicon head | Tommy Opatz
Dramaturgy | Martin Valdés-Stauber
Video design | Mikko Gaestel
Music | Nicolas Neecke
Production management | Rimini Protokoll
Production | Müncher Kammerspiele

Coproduction | Berliner Festspiele – Immersion, donaufestival (Krems), Feodor Elutine (Moscow), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Milan), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tador de Catalunya (Girona), SPRING Utrecht 

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