Off the Wall 2013 - "Robot Theater Project" Sayonara & I, Worker
Friday, Mar 08, 2013 8:00 PM EST
(7:30 PM Doors)
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Co-presented with Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project: Sayonara & I, Worker
The Seinendan Theater Company, created in 1983 in Tokyoand led by the highly influential and innovative theater director, Oriza Hirata, has collaborated with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at OsakaUniversity, to develop “robot-human” theater, a new field involving a fusion of theater arts and science. This special project features two short plays; Sayonara, which features an incredibly human-like android and a human actor, and I, Worker, set in the near future and involving two robots interacting with a young couple (human actors), in a play that essentially questions the meaning and nature of work and its value and role in contemporary society.
“Enthralling... not only with the state-of-the-art technology but also with its compelling humanist message.”—The Nation
This program’s six-city tour is co-produced by Japan Society, New York and The Japan Foundation; and organized by Japan Society, New York.