An android machine or a human being made of flesh and blood? Humanoid robots are now used in geriatric care; others are personalized as sexual partners. But it is precisely when robots appear as nearly perfect imitations of humans that such machines are most clearly rejected, whereas an apparatus that is recognizable as a machine is accepted. The Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori has described this acceptance gap as the »uncanny valley«.
For Stefan Kaegi’s new play, writer and playwright Thomas Melle allowed an animatronic double of himself to be made. This humanoid takes the author’s place on stage and throws up questions surrounding the unpredictability of human beings: what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over? Does the original get to know himself better through his electronic double? Do the copy and his original compete or do they help each other? And what roles are played by the projections and speculations, the fears and desires with which we as viewers define the machine?
Concept, text, direction: Stefan Kaegi Text, body, voice: Thomas Melle Set: Evi Bauer Animatronics: Chiscreatures Filmeffects GmbH Production and art finish of the silicone head / coloration and hair: Tommy Opatz Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber Video design: Mikko Gaestel Music: Nicolas Neecke Production: Münchner Kammerspiele Co-production: Berliner Festspiele - Immersion, donaufestival (Krems), Feodor Elutine (Moscow), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Milan), Temporada Alta - Festival de Tador de Catalunya (Girona), SPRING Utrecht Performance rights: Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg
Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media