CUTE ROBOT BLOSSOMS OUT TO BECOME AN ADEQUATE DANCE PARTNER
Our relationship to robots has altered radically during past years. They carry out more and more assignments for us and take a larger space in the community, from being a companion to elderly at a retirement home, to being part of an art project – but where does one draw the line before they become humans?
Ludvig Daae is a human Norwegian dancer, born and bred in Norway and Alex is a humanoid robot-dancer born and bred at IDA, Linköping University. They are presented as equals according to their own unique preconditions in a performance conducted by the choreographer Robin Jonsson, exploring what is human, what is presence and what is authenticity.
With “The Most Human” Robin continues his earlier projects where virtual bodies from video-games are simulated by human dancers. Senses, movements, nature, attributes and popular culture are the reoccurring themes in Robin Jonsson’s work.
Robin Jonsson toured with Dancenet Sweden during 2010 with his performance I believe I can see the future, and Ludvig Daae toured 2014 with his performance MM, and 2017 with the performance Hyperfruit. It is the first time that the robot Alex tours with Dancenet Sweden.
about the choreographer and the human dancer
Robin Jonsson is a choreographer educated at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. Apart from working as a choreographer he works as producer, sound artist and as a technician. During the past 10 years he has toured work of different format in Germany, France, Holland and Mexico among others
Ludvig Daae is a Norwegian choreographer and dancer and educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels.
”It is smart and charming as it asks questions about artificial intelligence, humanity and memory”
DN 18/5 2018
”An intimate, touching and thoughtful performance about the human condition.”
SvD: 16/5 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”
Aftonbladet 17/5 2018
Concept, choreography: Robin Jonsson
Dancer: Ludvig Daae & Alex
Producer: Sara Bergsmark
Costume: Tove Berglund
Composer: Siri Jennefelt (and Lou Reed)
Light design: Johan Sundén
Monolog: Malin Axelsson
Technique: Björn Kuajara
Artistic advisor: Emma Kim Hagdahl
Robot developer: Fredrik Löfgren
Duration: 45 min
Photo: Chrisander Brun
Co-producer: Turnéslingan Tre Scener (MDT, Atalante och Dansstationen), Cullbergbaletten through the European network Life Long Burning, Köttinspektionen
In collaboration with: The institution for computer science at Linköpings university, SMart Produktionshus, Sveriges Radio Drama
With support by: Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committe, Stockholms läns landsting, Stockholms stad, Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden
A part of the project: [DNA] Departures and Arrivals
Tours with Dancenet Sweden autumn 2019